An British woman who claimed a car crash left her unable to exercise was caught out by posting photos after climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Insurance worker Lois Cartridge, 24, even finished a 5km obstacle race the same day she was examined by a doctor, The Sun reported.
She suffered minor soft tissue injuries as a back seat passenger in a road accident in November 2018.
But she exaggerated her symptoms to boost her compensation claim — saying “restricted movement” left her unable to clean, cook, drive or swim.
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Alarm bells rang when Liverpool Victoria, the insurer of the other motorist, scoured her social media.
It found a post about her going shopping and on a dinner date the day after the crash, and she put up pictures of her swimming with dolphins a month later.
Paul Higgins, for LV, told Judge Richard Pearce: “On June 1, 2019, notably that same day she was medically examined, she posted a status update stating, ‘So … we completed the 5k inflatable run this morning’.
“On June 16, she posted an update at Bridge Climb Sydney stating, ‘Time to climb the bridge’ and was tagged in another stating, ‘Cool night doing the Sydney Bridge climb’.”
Ms Cartridge, from Bournemouth in southern England, admitted exaggerating her symptoms.
She was given a suspended 16-week jail term and ordered to pay over $AU 35,000 in legal costs for contempt of court at the High Court in London.
Judge Pearce said: “This is exaggeration, not invention.
“I have been impressed with her apology to the court and I take into account that this finding will have serious financial consequences for her.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission