47-year-old Wales man Alan Knight pretended to be in a coma for two years so that he and his wife could swindle their elderly neighbor for upwards of $73,000. How did Knight finally get caught? He went grocery shopping all over the country and used his family’s loyalty card.
Knight was finally caught out when stunned doctors spotted him eating, wiping his face and even writing, Metro reports.
Further investigations uncovered CCTV footage of Knight pushing a shopping trolley around a Tesco supermarket and driving.
It is alleged he fabricated the injury in a bid to avoid punishment after conning an elderly neighbour out of their savings.
The father-of-three’s wife, Helen, kept up the act by tending to her “vegetative” husband.
“In my entire career this is the most calculated, long-term deception of a vulnerable, elderly neighbour I have ever seen,” Detective Constable Paul Harry, from South Wales police, said.
Knight pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft and forgery.
He faces an jail sentence next month.