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Barbara Fari found guilty of contempt of court for trying to con Haringey Borough Council of £750,000
A woman who pretended she was left severely disabled after tripping on a paving slab outside her home has been found guilty of contempt of court.
Barbara Fari tried to con Haringey Borough Council of £750,000 by grossly exaggerating her injuries following the fall in Lightfoot Road, Hornsey.
She claimed she needed intensive care and assistance from her husband after the accident.
But Homes for Haringey, the company that looks after the council’s housing, refused to believe Fari and uncovered CCTV footage showing that her injuries were only minor.
Medical experts agreed they had been misled, and found Fari’s claims about the extent of her disabilities were bogus.
In fact her injuries were caused by an existing condition and would have lasted no more than two to three months.
Today, a High Court judge threw the case out and found Fari guilty of contempt of court for her deception.
Her husband was also found guilty of the same charge because he pretended he had been left unable to work because he had to care for his wife full time.
In a hearing earlier this month, Judge Mitchell found that Fari’s injuries should have generated no more than £1,500 compensation - less than half a per cent the amount being claimed.
Councillor Claire Kober, the leader of Haringey Council, said: “We welcome the High Court ruling, which should serve as a stark warning that we will not stand back and allow people to pull the wool over our eyes.
“Where we suspect claims are fraudulent, we will investigate thoroughly. Through their lies and their greed, the Faris could have cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they have wasted public money defending their overblown claims.
“Today’s verdict sends the strongest possible message to anyone tempted to exaggerate a personal injury claim.”
Fari will be sentenced at a future date.
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