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Wheelchair fraudster guilty of benefit heist

The Local · 23 Mar 2013, 13:25

Published: 23 Mar 2013 13:25 GMT+01:00

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Swedish police obtained snaps of the man riding on camels, smoking a hookah pipe and climbing the pyramids during a 2009 holiday in Egypt.

He had then received help from a publicly funded personal carer for three years after telling Swedish doctors, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and the Linköping municipality that he needed a wheelchair and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain disorder after traumatising experiences in Iraq, his home country.

The man reportedly told the authorities that he could not walk, eat or get dressed by himself.

The 47-year-old, his ex-wife and two sons were accused of swindling 5.3 million kronor ($806,000) from the Social Insurance Agency and the municipality between 2006 and 2012.

A district court sentenced the man to four years in prison on charges of fraud and welfare cheating. He was also ordered to pay damages of around 5.3 million kronor.

The man's ex-wife was sentenced to three years in prison. The sons received suspended sentences for assisting a crime.

The man has denied the charges and plans to appeal, his lawyer Mikael Abrahamsson told the tabloid Aftonbladet.

He is not the first 47-year-old man from the Östergötland region to have holidayed in Egypt while pretending to be wheelchair-bound and claiming millions in benefits.

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In October 2012, the so-called "wheelchair man" was sentenced to four years in prison after swindling 13.5 million kronor from the Social Insurance Agency.

The original wheelchair man was also 47 years old and he too posed for holiday snaps in front of the pyramids in Egypt.

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Your comments about this article

17:58 March 23, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
Throw away the key.
19:54 March 23, 2013 by Chuck_Norris
These doctors that examined him must have great skills!
21:24 March 23, 2013 by Emerentia
I think that handicapped people shouldn't be allowed to just hire peole in their own families as their personal caretakers.
15:12 March 24, 2013 by ctinej
we have the same kind of crooks in the US. Alarmingly, most with islamic names. Do you get the point??

Thanks for pointing out where he had his origins.
20:48 March 24, 2013 by johan rebel
The four convicted criminals are:

Haidar Ali, Ala Fathi Hasan, Husam Haidar Ali, and Muhannad Haidar Ali. All blue-eyed and blond Swedes, needless to say.

There have been lots of cases like this recently (almost all the perps are blue-eyed and blonde, of course). It makes you wonder why claimants are not thoroughly examined by one or more doctors to establish the degree of disabilty before being awarded millions in benefits. Those resposible at Försäkringskassan ought to be fired for gross dereliction of duty. Billions of kronor in taxpayer money have been wasted over the years.
15:15 March 25, 2013 by tilda8686sv
there's a fat wheelcahir guy whose always down by Slussen...singing karaoke from his wheelchair! he's awful!!! I don't know if he's really crippled but he can't sing worth a damn. all he does is crank his karaoke machine and scream over it. horrible. my dog sings better than he does. i wish the governemnt would give him money so he could stop embarrasing himself. freak!
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