Man faked paralysis, caught dancing, roofing

  1. This type of thing makes my blood boil. I think the penalty should be much harsher.

    An Orlando man was sentenced to prison for faking paralysis and collecting about $155,000 in disability benefits, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported today.

    Patrick Wilson had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of government property. He was accused of falsely representing to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor that he suffered from paralysis and could not use his legs. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

    But investigators said Wilson was videotaped landscaping at his home, working on his roof, and dancing at social gatherings.

    Wilson also has to pay $157,000 in restitution.,3020499.story
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Just makes it so harder for the ones that really need the assistance
  4. by   leslie :-D
    how does one fake paralysis?
    esp in light that he was receiving ssd.
    i thought it was difficult in obtaining their benefits.

    you know, folks should be extremely grateful, when blessed w/good health.
    the last thing i'd do, is fake an illness/disability.

  5. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from leslie :-D
    how does one fake paralysis?
    That's a good question. Maybe he was faking some sort of partial paralysis that neuro can't confirm/deny, but I'm guessing. He fooled somebody though.

    If someone stole $155K from a bank, I doubt they would get just 13 months.

    I wouldn't want that guy's karma.
  6. by   loricatus
    Betcha his defense is going to be that he has a mental illness and continue to collect disability benefits for that :grn:.