A BENEFITS cheat who claimed she struggled to walk without sticks was filmed playing bowls.
Rebecca Peach, 49, said she also needed help to cook and dress herself.
Rebecca Peach, 49, was using a stick as she arrived for sentencing[/caption]
Peach was secretly recorded running while playing bowls at her local club – despite saying she could barely walk[/caption]
After a tip-off, investigators filmed her running in a bowls game.
Peach had said she needed crutches to walk, but was recorded jogging up and down steps at her local bowling green, Amery Unionist Bowling Club in Willenhall.
In the footage, the fraudster is even seen bending down to deliver her bowl before gleefully punching the air and running across the bowling green with a tape measure — all without showing any signs of discomfort.
The court heard Peach played bowls up to four times a week and represented teams in several local leagues in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.
Before she was jailed, Peach, who attended court using a walking stick, collapsed in the dock claiming she needed medical attention.
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But after being treated by three medics in court, she was eventually sentenced.
Peach, of Willenhall, West Mids, admitted fraud at Wolverhampton crown court and was jailed for 18 months.
Judge Barry Berlin said: “Even today you lied about your position.”
The footage showed Peach running across the green with a tape measure[/caption]
In the footage, the fraudster is even seen bending down to deliver her bowl before gleefully punching the air[/caption]
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