Posted by u/bada**mum:
My story is a little different, I had a PI investigate me!
About 6 years ago I became very ill with a variety of issues, that left me really quite poorly. I was an optician and so using my hands with arthritis was just never going to be a plan. So I applied for (U.K.) disability support. I sailed through, and started receiving a monthly amount.
Now, fast forward a few years. I then start getting restless at home so I retrain into a job that doesn’t involve my hands. I stop receiving money, except for the benefit you can get while you work (I use it for paying a better automatic car off). Well, my very nasty mother’s friend saw me start work and called the benefits office, assuming I was still claiming. Unfortunately, she exaggerated and told them I was living a normal life and even running daily.
So the benefits office filmed and watched me. They thought they had an “Aha! Gotcha!” moment. Their PI provided photos of me walking unaided.
When I sat in the meeting, with a lot of smug fraud officers and my solicitor, I felt sick to my stomach. I really couldn’t work out what was going on, They were trying to make it look like I had been running and jogging, but I knew I walked never any further than five meters to my car. Anyway. Solicitor pointed out the photos were screenshots of a video.
Asked for the videos. Videos were of me.. struggling to walk.
One of them I rest on my car before opening my door. Another I was going into a supermarket and had replaced my cane with the trolley to lean on. You get the picture.
So, the fraud team basically said “Ooops” and I never heard from them again.
I spend a lot of my time trying to appear “normal” and it bit me in the a**. And never trust these “fraud” TV shows now either.