Disability cheat was at it 24/7
A man who claimed disability benefits while regularly looking shifty, having piggy eyes and glasses and looking at pictures of kids, has been jailed for 18 months.
Mike Samson, 47 , claimed more than £22,000 over a five-year period.
He told officials he had a back problem which meant he could hardly walk. But investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) filmed him hanging around a beach snapping kids, and lurking outside a children-only play park.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Samson began claiming disability allowance in October 1989.
However Howard Shaw, prosecuting, said that by 2002 his condition had improved and he began downlaoding child porn on his laptop.
Following an anonymous tip-off investigators began a month-long surveillance operation during which they saw no visible signs of Samson's alleged disability.
During this time he was seen carrying laptops and looking a bit wrong. Witnesses also told the DWP that Samson was following kids and leering at the Don Valley Stadium gym.
Judge Robert Moore QC sentenced Samson to 12 months for benefit fraud. Vernon Sanderson of the DWP said: "Today's sentence says to those people who think they'll never be caught, and there are no consequences to what they do, 'you're wrong'."