A roofer who claimed he could barely move after a workplace accident was caught out while doing his weekly shop at Iceland.
Liam Jones insisted he was not able to work after falling off a roof, and wanted a payout of £700,000 in compensation.
But the 34-year-old’s claims were proved to be lies when secret surveillance caught him walking without a crutch and going up and down ladders for his job.
He was also seen going about his grocery shopping with meat tucked under his arm at Iceland.
Jones, of Bootle in Merseyside, was found guilty of attempted fraud following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, and was handed a two-year suspended sentence.
Judge Rachel Smith told him: ‘Your offences are not victimless offences. Fraud causes losses that affect society at large.’
He also received no money for his claim.
After the accident, Jones was given a cash offer from his employer to settle the claim – but he turned it down.
The company, which has not been named, then hired QBE Business Insurance, who launched a private prosecution against Jones.
Their findings blew apart Jones’ claims that he needed help washing and dressing, and could barely manage stairs due to breathlessness.
In some photos, he is walking with a crutch – but only to and from his medical appointments.
Mike East, a claims director for QBE Business Insurance, said: ‘Fraud, including exaggerated claims, remain a major issue in our industry and we are pleased with the sentencing of Mr Jones.
‘His prosecution is another in a long line of fraud cases in which our counter fraud team have been alert to fraudulent activity and have tirelessly pursued perpetrators in defence of our customers’ interests.’
Stuart Furniss, a partner for BLM, who acted for QBE, added: ‘This case demonstrates how important it is to take a hard line when faced with a claim tainted by fraud or exaggeration.
‘The sentence should also act as a clear deterrent to those seeking to defraud insurers and their customers and hopefully help to reduce the number of similarly fraudulent claims which continue to drive up premiums for others.’