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Mountaineer guilty of disability fraud

A man who claimed thousands of dollars in disability benefits despite climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, winning a triathlon and competing in a powerboat challenge has been convicted of fraud.
Mark Lloyd, 33, claimed GBP6,551.80 ($A10,750) in payments for what he said were severe restrictions to his mobility and ability to care for himself after suffering a back injury and PTSD in the army.
Lloyd, from Pontypridd in South Wales, was convicted following a trial at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court.
The court heard how Lloyd told assessors that he could not bend or stretch, needed walking aids and suffered pain when walking short distances.
He was found to have overstated these needs and during the 18-month period of claiming benefits, he had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro over five days and walked for between eight and 12 hours a day.
Lloyd also took part in the World Powerboat Championships in Malta and competed in a triathlon.
During the period, in July 2016, Lloyd also completed a further claim form in which he stated that his mobility and care needs had increased.
Laura Walters, a prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service's specialist fraud division, said: "Mark Lloyd flouted the system to claim thousands of pounds of disability benefits, all the while taking part in tough physical challenges."

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