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Too fat to lock up: Bedridden man weighing 43-stone avoids jail for food scam



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 5:29 PM on 02nd April 2010



A 43-stone man found guilty of scamming restaurants out of food has escaped a jail term - because he is too fat.

Morbidly obese George Jolicur ordered huge meals and ate most of them before complaining about the products and sending them back. He would then refuse to pay.

In one episode he scammed five free milkshakes from a restaurant after consuming an entire drink before complaining that the milk was off.






Morbidly obese: George Jolicur weighs 43 stone and is now so big he is bedridden


Jolicur, 38, was finally caught after eating almost £30 worth of jerky in a restaurant before returning the last few pieces, claiming they were mouldy. The shop owner went to police.

When officers went to his home to arrest him, they described hearing 'what sounded like a male trying to cover his voice as a female.'

The person told police Jolicur was not there - but policeman Jeff Sabounji then heard a woman inside the house saying: 'George, just turn yourself in.'


On the way to prison, Jolicur, of Sandford, Florida, turned to Sabounji and said: 'The beef jerky got me.'

He avoided jail because he is so fat the medical costs of imprisoning him would be too great.


He is now bedridden, breaths with the aid of a respirator, and could not even attend court to be sentenced. Prosecutors said it would cost thousands in medical fees just to bring him before a judge.

They offered his lawyers a plea deal that in return for avoiding prison he would plead guilty to five charges.

Lawyers for Jolicur accepted thedeal and he was fined £800.

Prosecutor Kyan Ware said: 'He's got his prison cell. He's not getting out of that bed.'

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