Alan Knight has a knack for being a con artist. The 47-year-old from Swansea, South Wales, scammed his neighbor and pretended to be in a coma for two years to avoid court and prison.
According to the Daily Mail, Knight took $41,000 out of his neighbor’s bank account and used the money to buy Christmas gifts and a new van. When Knight’s neighbor discovered the scam, a lawsuit was filed by the neighbor. Knight was also being investigated for fraud.
Knight eventually came up with a plan to avoid court and paying the money he owed. Knight’s wife told the judge that he was in an accident and became a quadriplegic. He appeared to be in a coma most times and she would push him in a wheel chair to his court appearances. The judge allowed the case to remain on hold until Knight’s health improved.
But during visits to the doctor, the medical staff noticed that Knight would eat, wipe his face and write without any issues.
Knight’s lies eventually came to an end after surveillance cameras at several grocery stores captured him walking straight, and looking relatively healthy while shopping. Some witnesses told the police that Knight would drive his car at times.
Knight was eventually arrested and charged with 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft. He will be sentenced next month.