A DECEITFUL mother-of-13 who exaggerated a leg injury to try to win £750,000 compensation has been told she faces jail.
The High Court heard that 59-year-old Barbara Fari lied about how badly she was hurt when she tripped on uneven paving, twisting her knee.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Spencer ruled that Mrs Fari and her husband Piper of Hornsey, north London, were both in contempt of court for grossly exaggerating the impact of the accident.
The decision was hailed as a victory over compensation culture cheats by Homes for Haringey, which manages council housing in the London borough.
Its solicitor Jennifer Harris said: “The fact that both Mr and Mrs Fari face a potential custodial sentence sends a stark warning to those tempted to inflate their claims.”
Homes for Haringey initially admitted liability and offered Mrs Fari £7,500, but she was dissatisfied and pursued her enormous claim.
The action was only eventually struck out after secret filming revealed a tremendous difference between how she walked when seeing doctors and when she was out and about near her home.
Mr Justice Spencer said: “Although Mrs Fari comes across superficially as a vulnerable and needy woman, I am quite sure she is a strong and domineering character.
“Although lacking formal literacy skills, she is nobody’s fool. I am sure she is quite capable of playing on her educational weaknesses when she thinks it suits her.”
He added that Mr Fari was much the less dominant partner in the marriage. “She held the purse strings. She dictated her claim and he foolishly went along with it,” he said.
The judge warned that Mrs Fari was likely to go to prison unless he was persuaded otherwise after hearing medical reports and character references on the couple at another hearing next week.