Man Faked Coma for 2 Years to Get Out of Going to Court

WheelchairThere are fraudsters, and then there are con artists who take the game to a whole new level. Exhibit A: The British man who faked a coma for two years to avoid prosecution for theft.

Alan Knight allegedly stole $64,000 from the bank account of an elderly neighbor in Wales, but when police began sniffing around, the 47-year-old claimed he was a quadriplegic and sometimes so sick he would fall into a coma.

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He even checked himself into the hospital complaining of seizures in order to avoid court appearances. Like I said -- whole new level. His wife was even apparently in on it! Helen Knight had reportedly written to the South Wales Evening Post that her husband had a doctor's letter that claimed that after suffering a neck injury, he was "quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home."

Talk about commitment to the fraud. Helen also wrote, "We've been through absolute hell and we're still going through hell."

Unfortunately for Knight, it's really, really hard to pretend you can't move your limbs when in fact you can, and police eventually caught him walking around the grocery store on surveillance footage. Whoops.

Law enforcement tracked the use of his supermarket card, and obtained footage of him not only strolling around stores, but driving as well. Quadriplegics prone to seizures probably shouldn't be behind the wheel. Just saying.

He was then warned by the court that his trial would move forward whether or not he was present, and the dude had the gall to show up on Tuesday in a wheelchair and neck brace. Seriously.

When he was unable to deny the video evidence, he "pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft."

Judge Paul Thomas called Knight, "a very accomplished and determined actor ...  and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply nonexistent."

He continued, "His illnesses coincide with impending court appearances. I do not believe the symptoms are genuine."

Knight will be sentenced November 7, but no word on if he'll get any sort of Con Artist Award for Longest Coma Faked to Get Out of a Court Appearance. That's got to be a thing, right?

Which crime do you think is worse -- stealing from an sick, elderly neighbor, or faking a coma for two years to get out of making a court appearance for it?

 

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