Bodybuilding fraudster who sought more than £150,000 after claiming a back injury left him unable to work is caught out after uploading footage of himself doing a press-up challenge with a CHILD on his back
- Curt Gorog claimed he suffered a back injury which had left him unable to work
- He launched a claim for £150,000 while claiming more than £50,000 in benefits
- Investigators became suspicious when they learnt of Gorog’s criminal history
- He was involved in a high-speed police chase and threw drugs out of a window
- Undercover footage also showed him lifting weights after the supposed injury
- He was ordered to pay £35,000 in legal fees after trying to discontinue his claim
A fraudster who claimed a back injury left him unable to work was caught out after uploading a clip of himself doing a press-up challenge with a child on his back.
Bodybuilder Curt Gorog, of Emley, West Yorkshire, was seeking more than £150,000 in damages after claiming he suffered the injury in November 2012.
But the frequent gym-goer raised eyebrows when investigators from legal firm DWF learned he was involved in a high-speed police chase in March 2015.
Gorog threw drugs and a mobile phone out of the car window during the pursuit before leaping over a hedge and being chased by a police officer.
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Paul Gorog claimed a back injury had left him unable to work and claimed more than £50,000 in benefits by turning up to interviews in a wheelchair
Manchester County Court heard Gorag was previously involved in a high-speed police chase and was chased by a police officer across a field after throwing drugs and a mobile phone out of the window
Pictures of the fraudster (right) showed him living an apparent life of luxury. He posed with expensive cars, jewellery and bottles of champagne
Manchester County Court also heard of a large number of previous whiplash and personal injury claims by Gorog – for which he received more than £50,000.
Gorog also showed up to benefits assessments in a wheelchair in an attempt to dupe the system.
But he has been ordered to pay back £35,000 in legal fees after investigators covertly filmed weight-lifting in a gym.
Gorog also uploaded pictures of himself clad with gold jewellery and posing with bottles of Champagne.
Another pictures shows him stood in front of a white Mercedes, which he said was bought in his nursery nurse wife’s name.
And he even uploaded a video of himself taking part in a press-up challenge with a child sat on his back.
Other footage of Gorag shows him taking part in a press-up challenge while a child is sat on his back
After being presented with the evidence, Gorag attempted to discontinue the claim.
But QBE Insurance applied to the court to have a determination on whether the claim was fundamentally dishonest.
Judge HHJ Hudson said Gorog was extremely misleading about his claims and that he lied about his current and ongoing position for years.
According to the judge, Gorog used a wheelchair to ‘trick’ the Department for Work and Pensions into handing him benefits money.
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.
Investigators became suspicious of the claim and decided to dig deeper. Covert footage of Gorog shows him lifting weights in a gym
Despite claiming to be unable to work, Gorog apparently had no difficulty in lifting heavy weights at a gym while claiming more than £50,000 in benefits
When investigators presented Gorag with their evidence, he tried to drop his claim. But legal firm DWF’s clients decided to present the evidence to a court
Judge HHJ Hudson said Gorog was extremely misleading about his claims and that he lied about his current and ongoing position for years
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 this behaviour affects the premiums of honest policyholders.’
Complex Loss Investigator, Neil Hanson, at Cunningham Lindsey t/a Sedgwick, stated: ‘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.’
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