A Welsh man who supposedly bilked his neighbor out of over $60,000 is accused of avoiding the legal system by faking being in a vegetative state.
According to police, Alan Knight siphoned away almost $64,000 from a neighbor’s pension. But every time the cops tried to haul him in front of a judge, he was all “oops, sorry guys, would love to, but I’m in a coma again.” No, really. From the Daily Mail:
The 47-year-old tried to beat justice by claiming he was a quadriplegic – his family said he was hooked up to oxygen and had no movement from the neck down.
His wife Helen, 33, claimed she had to care for her husband who had snapped his neck after falling backwards as he pulled down a garage door.
That incident happened to coincide with the start of the investigation into his crimes.
Officers tried ‘at least twice’ to bring him to court but each time he admitted himself to hospital claiming his condition had worsened.
How did this criminal mastermind eventually get brought down? By CCTV when he was shopping for groceries.
The father-of-three was caught on CCTV at the Severn bridge toll on the M4 as he travelled back from the south coast.
He was also captured on CCTV in Tesco stores across the country after police traced the use of the family’s loyalty club card.
AMAZING investigative work by the Welsh here. The detectives, as you may guess, were not pleased.
Detective Constable Harry Paul, who led the case, said: ‘In my entire career this is the most calculated, long-term deception of a vulnerable, elderly neighbour I have ever seen.
‘He had constantly avoided court for two years, costing police, the NHS and the court system thousands of pounds’.
Well, maybe you shouldn’t have been so easily fooled. Ever think about that?
Knight pled guilty to 19 charges of forgery and other crimes and is expected to be sentenced to jail time.