Boosbeck Cricket Club player sentenced for £22k fraud
A man with asthma, diabetes and arthritis who continued to play cricket team while claiming more than £22,000 in disability benefits has been given a suspended sentence.
Stewart Lorains, 53, started claiming disability living allowance in 2008 but played for Boosbeck Cricket Club when his condition improved.
At Teesside Crown Court Lorains from Liverton Mines, admitted failing to tell the authorities and was given a four-month jail term suspended for a year.
The court heard how the arthritic condition psoriatic arthropathy, meant he needed help to perform everyday tasks and "struggled" to get out of bed before his recovery in 2009.
An active sportsman, he also volunteered as a cricket and boxing coach for youngsters, the court heard.
But he was caught when fraud investigators filmed him keeping wicket for Boosbeck.
Figures on the club website show he scored 614 runs from 2009 to 2012.
Lorains, of St Cuthberts Walk, pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances at a previous hearing.