- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2017

A British Army veteran from Wales has been convicted of cheating U.K. taxpayers by receiving disability payments for a slipped disc, all the while undertaking ambitious feats like summiting the tallest mountain in Africa and competing in, and winning, a triathlon.

Mark Lloyd, 33, was found guilty of defrauding the government of a little more then £6,500 ($8,500) in personal independence payments, the BBC reported Thursday. A former soldier who was injured during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011, Lloyd had claimed that walking even short distances induced debilitating pain, a prosecutor on the case told the court, according to the BBC.

Lloyd started receiving disability payments in 2014 and reportedly asked the government for a higher disability payout the following year, all the while he was engaging in multiple rigorous endeavors.

“He claimed the cash between October 2014 and February 2016, but the court was shown photos of Lloyd competing in the HSBC triathlon in September 2015 — a race he won in the adult taster category,” the BBC said.

Lloyd also posted photos to a social media in 2015 about his hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. As it happens, that expedition took place “while he was serving a 20-week suspended prison sentence for common assault.”

LLoyd will learn his punishment at a sentencing hearing in August, the BBC reported.

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