Bodybuilder claiming £150k back injury caught doing press-ups with child on back

A bodybuilder who tried to claim £150,000 for a back injury was filmed doing a press-up challenge with a child on his back.

Muscleman Paul Gorog was also secretly filmed lifting heavy weights at the gym, despite turning up at numerous benefits assessments where he managed to pocket a total of £50,000.

After insurers QBE Insurance were billed for a large amount of injury claims for Gorog, they launched a surveillance investigation to catch him out.

Footage was found in Gorog’s Facebook account showing the muscleman performing 22 press-ups with a child on his back in August 2016.

Social media images showed him posing by a new Mercedes, while other snaps showed Gorog clutching bottles of bubbly while dripping in ‘bling’ jewellery.

Jobless Gorog claimed his partner, a nursery nurse, owned the white Mercedes.

QBE Insurance had applied to the county court to rule on whether Gorog’s claims were dishonest.

Gorog was forced to pay £35,000 in legal costs after Judge Hudson found he had lied about his health for years and used the wheelchair to ‘trick’ the Department of Work and Pensions out of handouts.

He appeared at Manchester County Court and when asked about his strongman physique said it was down to ‘good genetics’.

Covert footage taken of Gorog proved he had lied about a back injury he claimed to have sustained in November 2012.

His story fell apart when it emerged he had been involved in a high-speed car chase with police in March 2015 and had hurled himself over a hedge throwing drugs and a mobile phone away to avoid being arrested.

Hulking Gorog was also convicted of assault in February 2015.

QBE insurance firm had instructed law firm DWF to take the case up when surveillance footage showed Gorog working out with substantial weights in the gym.

Paul Holmes, DWF partner and head of DWF casualty fraud, said: "The more we and our clients looked into Curt Paul Gorog, the more concerned we became.

"Here was a man claiming he could not work, and even attending benefits assessments in a wheelchair.

"However, he was involved in criminal acts and attempting to escape from police when supposedly incapacitated and was filmed in the gym lifting very heavy weights.

"Gorog now has a judgment against him for £35,000 he owes our client.

"We will also be raising this case with the relevant authorities. Gorog thought he could walk away when faced with the evidence, but our clients would not allow that to happen.

"Our clients are determined not to allow fraudsters to walk away without penalty as behaviour affects the premiums of honest policyholders."

Complex loss investigator Neil Hanson, at Cunningham Lindsey t/a Sedgwick, stated: "We are very pleased with this outcome. It really demonstrates the great teamwork by Insurers and their professional advisors in tackling insurance fraud.

"The decision indicates a strong stance against fraud and that is now taken by Insurance Companies and the Courts to cooperate and address the threat of fraudulent claims."

Gorog, of Elmley, Huddersfield, was ordered to pay £35,000 in legal fees.

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