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Rugby Playing Personal Injury Fraudster Jailed

David Ribchester pursued a claim for £923,000 arising out of a workplace injury that caused damage to his wrists.  His claim included considerable care on the basis that he was unable to carry out simple tasks such as driving, tying his shoelaces or picking up his daughter.  Surveillance captured footage of him playing rugby, driving his car, carrying his daughter, constructing garden furniture and carrying heavy shopping bags.

Having admitted fraud by false representation Mr Ribchester has been jailed for eight months. 

During the course of sentencing, judge Nicholas Cooke said: "Genuinely injured people putting forward wholly honest claims are viewed sceptically because of the publicity in relation to this sort of matter...  Anyone who is tempted to behave in a dishonest way to the extent that you did by attempting to exploit a system which exists to compensate the genuinely injured will end up going to prison."



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