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Bogus Beggar Busted

Man admits faking mental handicap while making more than $60,000 each year as a beggar.

(WLEX)  He's in a wheelchair, and gets his money by making you feel sorry for him.

Gary Thompson, says he rakes in 60,000 to 100,000 dollars a year begging. But his sob story is a sham, and he admitted it.

He is in a wheelchair, because he has difficulty walking, but his speech isn't slurred and his arms are fully functioning. Thompson is not the man he makes himself out to be.

"I appreciate you guys busting me," Thompson says as he laughs. "Yeah, I'm really good at it, really good. I clear about 100,000 dollars a year doing this." Thompson goes on to tell us, "I am normal, it just helps to be mentally handicapped."

"Helps" with his business. Thompson is banking on the fact you'll feel sorry for him, enough to give him your hard-earned money.

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