Thisiscornwall.co.uk reports that photographer Steve Monk claimed incapacity benefit for nine years ‘during which he was hard at work doing wedding snaps and taking pictures for a string of local papers in Somerset”.
A court was told last week the 50-year-old suffered a genuine injury in 1994 but continue to claim benefits after returning to work.
According to the report, his solicitor Patrick Mason told Exeter Crown Court:
He is riddled with guilt and shame and with the embarrassment he has brought to his family. He was only trying to make ends meet and not indulging in a luxurious lifestyle. It is not as if he had created any fictitious children or anything like that.
He is a self-employed photographer of considerable talent who tells me he wants to go and work in Spain as a wedding photographer, where there is apparently great demand.