Thursday, May 17, 2007

Acting retarded'll get you a year in the slammer or eight years in the White House

We all remember the classic Seinfeld episode where Kramer got a some dental work and the lingering anesthesia caused a little facial paralysis and slurred speech wherein he was soon mistaken for a developmentally disabled individual much to his benefit; resulting hilarity ensued.

Well it appears one Pete J. Costello - 28 of Vancouver, WA, pleaded guilty to bilking the government out of a few hundred Social Security checks for the past 10 years by pretending he was retarded. It turns out that his mother (their word for her, not ours) trained he and his sister in the lost art of faking retardation in the Social Security office. The mother also got the book thrown at her to the tune of nearly $288,000 in restitution and the daughter is still on the lam.

Where this gets curious is how Pete's impersonation of retardation is described by the court: "picking at his face, slouching and appearing uncommunicative in meetings". We would like to point out the striking similarities to another charlatan that has been taking advantage of taxpayers with the same ploy. We submit the below video for your comparison.

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