Criminal are believed to be fraudulently exploiting the pension process in a number of ways. In a recent Article The Telegraph reports that Anne Bird, 60, raked in £21,000 by claiming she was entitled to the highest section of benefits after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis. She is caught by a private investigators taking part in the fitness classes.


A benefit cheat who swindled £21,000 claiming she was so disabled she needed help bathing and getting dressed was caught by undercover investigators taking part in fitness classes.

Anne Bird, 60, told the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) she was entitled to the highest category of disability benefits after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

Despite being entitled to some benefits, between October 2008 and August 2012 she was overpaid £21,109 in state hand-outs.

But she was caught by DWP investigators following a tip-off that she was regularly attending fitness classes.

She was caught on camera joining in a range of activities at Bloxwich Leisure Centre, West Mids., including circuit training, pilates, aerobics and spinning classes.

In one clip Bird, who claimed she could barely walk, was filmed doing rigorous sit-ups while balancing on a fitness ball while in another she did repeated arm and leg stretches.

She admitted making a false declaration on claim forms to obtain disability allowance when she appeared at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

JPs heard Bird, a former postwoman with Royal Mail, was laid off in 2008 due to a degenerative.. Read More

Article Source: telegraph



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