Man Fakes Coma For 2 Years To Avoid Court
A British man pretended to be quadriplegic and comatose for two years to avoid being prosecuted for a crime. 47-year-old Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than $60,000 from the bank account of a neighbor suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the prosecutors.
However, when police started investigating, Knight told them he was quadriplegic and so sick that he sometimes fell into a coma. In order to be as convincing as possible, the fraudster checked himself into a hospital. He claimed to have seizures and was thus unable to appear in court.
His fraud was discovered recently when police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. They tracked the use of his supermarket card and produced footage of him walking and driving.
The South Wales Evening Post reported Wednesday that his wife Helen said that Alan has a doctor’s letter certifying his condition following a neck injury.
“We’ve been through absolute hell and we’re still going through hell.”
Knight arrived at Swansea Crown Court Tuesday in a wheelchair and when he was shown the footage, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft.
Judge Paul Thomas said Knight was a very accomplished and determined actor and the conditions he claimed to be suffering from were simply nonexistent.
“His illnesses coincide with impending court appearances. I do not believe the symptoms are genuine.”