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British Man Receiving Disability Benefits Jailed After Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-06-21 - UK disability benefits cheat caught after investigators found certificate congratulating him for climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Disabled World.

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A disability benefits and tax cheat who said he could barely walk was rumbled after investigators found a certificate congratulating him for climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A U.K. disability benefits cheat who claimed he could barely walk was caught out after climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Self-employed Robert Johnson was arrested after fraud investigators found a certificate from his bridge climbing expedition.

Robert Samuel Johnson, aged 62, avoided paying £172,000 in tax from his business and received £33,000 in benefits, claiming he was severely disabled with arthritis.

Judge Peter Carr - jailing him for 27 months at Birmingham Crown Court said: "That is money that would have been used to pay for schools and hospitals."

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