This man initially won a $2.4 million settlement after a motorcycle crash in 1993. Somehow, he and his family blew through all of that, so Gary Thompson of Lexington, KY, has resorted to other methods to earn money. Namely, begging.
While Gary does have some trouble walking after the accident, he's by no means so badly off that he needs the wheelchair he potters around in. To top off his ensemble, he adopts hand gestures that make it appear as though he's more severely handicapped than he is. Gary actually has a degree in speech pathology, so he's well able to mimic a mentally handicapped person's difficulty speaking and understanding when approached by people passing by.
The outcome of Gary's sham? Last year, he netted $100,000 by pretending to be mentally handicapped. He's actually been busted twice this year for the scam, and both times he pleaded guilty. It's not the first place he's pulled the same shenanigans. After police in Austin held a press conference warning people not to give money to Gary, he moved to Kentucky. Now that his secret's out in Lexington, he'll probably just move somewhere else and set up shop again.
Here are photos of Gary, so you'll be able to spot him if you ever come across him trying to pull the wool over your eyes.