A karate fighter Claire Thomas has been caught in a disability benefit mess. The 47-year old claimed she had asthma and that she suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure. The Gloucester-based fighter was caught on video training and fighting at karate events and even being presented with awards.
The Gloucester Crown court found her guilty and has told her to expect prison sentence. Thomas claimed benefits to the tune of £72,000 from mid-2007 to late 2013. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says she pretended to be a single mother while she lived with her husband Kevin Thomas. If she claimed she lived in a common household she would have been ineligible for the benefits so she false reported the situation.