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Jail sentence after false personal injury claim

July 1 2013

A man who tried to land nearly £1m in compensation for a personal injury claim has been jailed after being caught playing rugby.

David Ribchester was injured following a workplace accident in County Durham in February 2006.

The 31-year-old, Washington in Tyne and Wear, claimed wrist injuries prevented him from driving, being able to tie his shoelaces and picking up his young daughter.

Ribchester made a claim for £923,000 but insurance investigators filmed him playing rugby, driving his car, carrying his daughter, constructing garden furniture and lifting heavy shopping bags.

He was jailed for eight months at The Old Bailey in London after earlier pleading guilty to fraud by false representation.

Passing sentence Judge Nicholas Cooke said: “Genuinely injured people putting forward wholly honest claims are viewed sceptically because of the publicity in relation to this sort of matter.

“Anyone who is tempted to behave in a dishonest way to the extent that you did by attempting to exploit a system which exists to compensate the genuinely injured will end up going to prison.”

If you have suffered a personal injury and have a genuine compensation claim call PM Law solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 296 5444.