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Woman charged for making false compensation claims

A former medical secretary from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been accused of exaggerating the extent of her personal injury in a £40k claim for car accident compensation.

The woman, who was already taking pain stimulants due to a previous ski injury, claimed that the stimulant had stopped working as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. She also claimed that since the crash she was now dependant on a wheelchair to get around.

However the High Court heard how a private investigator for the insurers spotted her going about her business on foot for at least four days.

It was also revealed that the only time the woman was seen in a wheelchair was when she made a trip to a medical expert for an examination.

The woman was due to receive an estimated £40,000 in car accident compensation but now faces contempt of court proceedings and could face a jail term when the case goes to a full High Court hearing.



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