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Man Fakes Retardation for 20 years!

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That is just wrong in so many ways!!!!
 
 
 
 
TACOMA, Wash. -- For nearly 20 years -- ever since Pete Costello was 8 -- his mother has collected disability benefits on his behalf.

In meetings with Social Security officials and psychologists, he appeared mentally retarded and unable to communicate. His mother insisted he couldn't read or write, shower, take care of himself or drive a car.

But now prosecutors said it was all a huge fraud, and they have video of Costello contesting a traffic ticket to prove it.
 

"He's like any other person trying to get out of a traffic ticket," Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa said Tuesday.

Pete and Rosie Marie Costello were indicted in September on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and Social Security fraud, and the case was unsealed Tuesday. The Vancouver pair were scheduled to appear in federal court in Tacoma on Tuesday.

Barbosa said he planned to file with the court two videos of Pete Costello taken this year: In one, he allegedly feigns retardation during an interview with Social Security workers; the other is of him contesting the traffic ticket in a courtroom earlier this year.

The indictment accuses Costello of faking -- or at least exaggerating -- retardation since August 1997, because that is what prosecutors are confident they can prove, Barbosa said. But the pair first received benefits 10 years before that.

The benefits cited in the indictment totaled $111,000.

Barbosa said the government does not know whether Costello is retarded to some degree, but he clearly has been "exaggerating whatever he may have, if any."

"This person isn't being honest with the government about his condition," Barbosa said. "It makes it impossible to sort out."

It was not immediately known if the Costellos had obtained attorneys.
 
 



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Probably to reap the benefits....and to compete in the special olympics and own all the other kids

that does seem wrong....but it must have cost him a lot mentally
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haha what a retard
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That is so nuts. I applaud him for his dedication though.
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What a silly idea.  Is this were the people who made The Ringer (Johny Knoxville) got their idea from?
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Probably to reap the benefits....and to compete in the special olympics and own all the other kids

that does seem wrong....but it must have cost him a lot mentally



That's so wrong...
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This guy is the lowest of the low. Its just real sad that a person would think to do this.
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That is seriousily........he has no life.
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but it said that he is somewhat retarded
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that is so wrong
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