An attempt by a Wakefield man to con his local council into compensating him for a finger injury unravelled when he revealed the true cause of the damage on Facebook.
Kyle Denton, 27, made a bogus civil claim against Wakefield Council, insisting that he had sustained the injury by falling on a pothole but online investigations revealed that Denton had posted that he had actually broken his right ring finger by hitting another man.
Denton, of Lupset, submitted a personal injury claim in November 2012 and met with council staff to show them the spot where he had allegedly fallen, but he dropped the allegation and his solicitor said he would no longer be taking action against the council.
During a hearing at Wakefield Magistrates Court, Magistrate Julian Garthwaite told Denton, who admitted fraud: “You falsely claimed and stuck with that line you had fallen down a pothole to get money from the council. You now at the 11th hour have pleaded guilty and said that was incorrect and a bundle of lies.”
Denton was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid community work. He must pay £250 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.