When a DJ was negligently treated at hospital for minor injuries he sustained in an attack, the NHS offered him £30,000 to settle the case.
But not content with the offer, Sandip Singh Atwal exaggerated the effect of his injuries – fractures of two fingers and a laceration to his lower lip – and demanded more than £800,000.
Now, after his lies were exposed, he has been jailed for contempt of court in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country.
A High Court judge said the 33-year-old's deceit was made worse by the fact that it was an attempt to defraud the NHS.
Sandip Singh Atwal, 33 (pictured) from Huddersfield, was treated at the town's Royal Infirmary after he was attacked with a baseball bat in June 2008
Atwal, 33, from Huddersfield, was treated at the town's Royal Infirmary after he was attacked with a baseball bat in June 2008.
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust admitted failures in his treatment and offered him £30,000.
But Atwal, who worked in his family taxi business, asked for £837,109, including very substantial sums for future loss of earnings and future care, on the basis he was unable to work and grossly incapacitated.
However, solicitors acting for the trust were suspicious because his claimed disabilities were inconsistent with entries in the medical records.
In 2015, they commissioned covert video surveillance and investigated his social media postings.
He was found to be working as a courier and still performing as a professional DJ under the stage name SunnyKMS. In 2011 he even launched a music video with another artist.
Their findings 'gave the lie' to