Criminal are believed to be fraudulently exploiting the pension process in a number of ways. In a recent Article The Telegraph reports that Anne Bird, 60, raked in £21,000 by claiming she was entitled to the highest section of benefits after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis. She is caught by a private investigators taking part in the fitness classes.


A benefit cheat who swindled £21,000 claiming she was so disabled she needed help bathing and getting dressed was caught by undercover investigators taking part in fitness classes.

Anne Bird, 60, told the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) she was entitled to the highest category of disability benefits after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

Despite being entitled to some benefits, between October 2008 and August 2012 she was overpaid £21,109 in state hand-outs.

But she was caught by DWP investigators following a tip-off that she was regularly attending fitness classes.

She was caught on camera joining in a range of activities at Bloxwich Leisure Centre, West Mids., including circuit training, pilates, aerobics and spinning classes.

In one clip Bird, who claimed she could barely walk, was filmed doing rigorous sit-ups while balancing on a fitness ball while in another she did repeated arm and leg stretches.

She admitted making a false declaration on claim forms to obtain disability allowance when she appeared at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.

JPs heard Bird, a former postwoman with Royal Mail, was laid off in 2008 due to a degenerative.. Read More

Article Source: telegraph



12 Responses to Benefits cheat diagnosed with osteoarthritis caught at fitness class

  1. Donna says:

    Wow. That is a LOT of money. Here in Australia we have the same kind of thing happen – the fact they do it doesnt surprise me anymore, but what does shock me is how blatantly they engage in activities IN PUBLIC that disprove their supposed level of disability!

  2. Jason says:

    Very interesting post, I wonder how many other people are making bad claims.

  3. This is so sad. I am always amazed at how people can lie and cheat. This is why our system is failing….people who do not really need assistance are being dishonest. 🙁

  4. Kungphoo says:

    This is really unfortunate to hear. It would be nice to catch a lot more individuals that feel the need to make bad claims. Not cool.

  5. I have osteoarthritis in my right hip. It is sometimes painful, but to claim that the pain is so bad that one would need help bathing and getting dressed is hard to believe. Glad the PI caught her!! What consequences is she facing?

  6. Dov Shapira says:

    That is a sad story.
    I am so proud that my kids will never say ‘My dad or mom were cheaters’

  7. Jeff Brand says:

    i’m glad your services can catch people like this.

  8. Jim Striegel says:

    Wow…that is great that your company was able to put a stop to at least one person committing fraud.

  9. Vicki Bezio says:

    This is sad… there are people who really need this benefit and she made it harder for everyone.

  10. Well they are not the brightest! If they are going to cheat on the system the should think it through! Glad there are PI out there to catch these people.

  11. veronica says:

    Wow! There’s no good end to fraud. I bet she wished she didn’t do that

  12. That’s bad news, It’s good that your services do such a thing especially a situation like this..Awesome article very informative.

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