Benefit fraudster ‘too weak to walk’ clambered Kilimanjaro – BBC News

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Image caption The tribunal discovered Lloyd was called “Action Man Mark” because of his love of physical act

A advantages cheater who said he could not move more than 50 metres clambered Mount Kilimanjaro and triumphed a triathlon.

Mark Lloyd, of Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taff, claimed 6,551.80 in Personal Freedom Fees, pronouncing a slipped disc in his back left him in agony.

At the same time, the 33 -year-old vied in hastens, clambered Africa’s highest peak, started wing-walking and skied in the Alps.

He was imprisoned of cases of fraud fee at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court.

Chris Evans, prosecuting, articulated: “He said he can only step between 20 and 50 metres, can’t stroll on uneven dirt, sustains anguish when walk-to long distances and needs to sit down every 20 minutes.”

He claimed the cash between October 2014 and February 2016, but the court was shown photographs of Lloyd playing in the HSBC triathlon in September 2015 – a hasten he triumphed in the adult taster category.

That month, he was also painted posing with an African guide during his five-day trek to the crest of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania which committed moving between eight and 12 hours a day.

He also took part in the World Powerboat Championships in Malta.

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Image caption Lloyd told advantages assessors he could not crouch or stretch and necessary walking aids

Lloyd was medically exhausted from the Army in 2011 after tolerating serious injuries to his lower back while serving in Afghanistan.

In 2014, he applied for the Personal Independence Payment – up to 141 a week for those abiding long-term ill health to help cover costs of their care.

The following year, he applied for more money, doing his plight had deteriorated and he would be incapacitated for a daylight if he ambled more than 164 ft( 50 m ).

Mr Evans did: “The case is not whether he has an injury or not, but if he overdid his condition to claim money.”

Lloyd declared filling in assessment of risks formations to enroll three triathlons without uncovering he sustained ill health.

He read: “I didn’t miss any special medicine or assistance. I wanted to be self-sufficient and were present at the same level as everyone else.”

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Image caption Despite “says hes” struggled to walk, Lloyd reached the top of Kilimanjaro

James Harris, defending, articulated Lloyd had not been fraudulent and was able to push through the agony hurdle because of his Army training.

“When clambering Mount Kilimanjaro he told me he pushed himself and was in affliction, ” he told the court.

District Judge Martin Brown called Lloyd’s defence “nonsense” and said he intentionally lied to get “every penny he could”.

The court listened the offence took place while he was serving a 20 -week postponed prison sentence for common assault.

Lloyd repudiated one count of dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a increase for himself, but was convicted following a experiment. He will be sentenced in August.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman answered: “Only a small minority of people try to defraud the benefits system, but lawsuits like this show how we are springing out all those people who stealing taxpayers’ fund and diverting it away from the people who really need it.”

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