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will i go to prison ?

jaxbjaxb Member Posts: 10 Listener
i have been in receipt of PIp for 4 years after ny pain clinic advised it. I have several conditions - I’ve had spine operations twice to kill nerves on facet joints to stop pain of disintegrating joints.  I had a disasterous stomach operation which caused me to get Fibromyalgia and diverticulitis which then brought about chronic pain syndrome .  I also now have arthritis and other conditions caused by the bad operation.  My facet joints are still disintegrating but no more can be done. i also now have severe depression and anxiety .  However prior to all this i ran successful nightclubs etc . Going from a successful and amazing life to this has been awful and i tried to hide how bad i felt from the world .  Long story shortened - i was awarded full PIP by several different assessors over the years .  They now say - because someone reported me for not being disabled and they the dwp videod me secretely and saw me once going through drive thru, and also i took on lease for pub and put in manager so i would have an interest in that industry which i did for 33 years - they say i am not entitled to pip - are coming to take car next week, and possibly doing me for fraud for 4 years ????   I haven’t lied - i have these illnesses but i do have days (maybe 3 a month ) that if i take enough meds etc i can act normal - ish .  I am a expert hider of pain as i feel a failure -  am i going to prison for fraud ??   i’m terrified , i’ve not got out of bed since nov and i don’t know what to do anymore . They are coming on thursday to discuss the pip overpayment - but i am entitled to it ???  my brain won’t allow me to go over the bundles of paperwork they’ve sent - so it’s sll going against me . 


  • pixie61pixie61 Member Posts: 67 Courageous
    I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know you’re a genuine person claiming what you can to help!  I can’t offer any advice, but I’m sure someone here can aliviate some of your anxieties. You’re not a failure for trying to lead a normalish life. Your not a failure for having health conditions that change your life forever. We all know that one!! I too have several health conditions, life is now a challenge & some days a battle within myself.  Sending you gentle hugs xx

  • jaxbjaxb Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Thank you so much / it’s an awful situation to be in - abd  not being able to complete forms and get all info together and put it all to them is worse -as i could have done this easily before the disabilities started .   I just need someone to help me do this , but time running out 
  • pixie61pixie61 Member Posts: 67 Courageous
    Just a thought, have you been to see your local Citizens Advice Breau? They’re helping me with my pip tribunal. Worth asking them for adviice xx
  • jaxbjaxb Member Posts: 10 Listener
    that’s my next port of call - it’s judt being well enough to go out to them -and this has all brought on one nightmare flare 
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm so sorry to hear this @jaxb, this must have been devastating news. You've done a really good job of explaining your circumstances to us and I think if you can explain things in this way to other people you'll definitely be on the right track.

    Visiting your local Citizens Advice is a great suggestion, please do keep us updated. Wishing you all the best for your meeting, and I hope today is as kind as possible to you.
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