Published On: Fri, Jan 26th, 2018

Benefit sponge Paul O’Keefe former rugby player admits scamming £32K over nine years.

Benefit sponge Paul O’Keefe former rugby player admits scamming £32K over nine years.

Paul O’Keefe broke his neck in a horror tackle has admitted scamming nearly £32,000 in disability benefits over nine years.

Paul O’Keefe was left with brain injuries and crushed vertebrae after the accident 18 years ago.

O’Keefe, who played for Aberavon Green Stars, relied on painkillers to combat the misery from his crippling injuries as he struggled to find work.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard that when the 36-year-old landed a job he did not update the Department for Work and Pensions on his income.

He took handouts of £31,817 for nine years.

In mitigation, Christopher Pridham explained: “He accepts in hindsight when he returned to work his condition had improved, but disputes whether it improved significantly.”

The steelworker, from Port Talbot, Neath, admitted accepting the welfare but said he had no idea the job centre would not update the government.

He was handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for a year.

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Benefit sponge Paul O’Keefe former rugby player admits scamming £32K over nine years.