A benefits cheat who said he could barely walk but was caught on camera playing golf and riding a bike has been jailed. Leigh Neilly from Silloth in Cumbria pocketed nearly £37,000 over nine years. He was caught after investigators from the Department for Work and Pensions filmed him playing golf, riding a bike and carrying out DIY repairs.
Carlisle Crown Court was told that in 2002 , Neilly, a father of two believed he had motor neurone disease but when he was diagnosed with a less debilitating muscle wasting disease in 2010 he kept it to himself. He was found guilty by a jury of failing to inform the Department of a change in his circumstances.
Sentencing Neilly to 30 weeks in jail, Judge Forrester said he'd committed a 'flagrant breach of the law'. There will be a Proceeds of Crime hearing on June 28 to try and reclaim some of the money.