Meet the beggar who earns $100k per year!
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A wheelchair bound beggar from Lexington, Kentucky has revealed that he rakes in 60,000 to 100,000 dollars a year begging.
Gary Thompson has difficulty walking but is otherwise in fine physical and mental shape.
But the scammer fakes a mental and speech disability as he panhandles around the city, the New York Daily News reported.
"I appreciate you guys busting me. I'm really good at it, really good," he told Lexington TV station WLEX.
However, Thompson's victims aren't finding his act so funny.
Originally from Austin, Texas, the 30-year-old did lose mobility after a car crash 20 years ago.
His mother sued Honda and earned a 2.5 million dollars settlement. Thompson admits that the money is long gone.
He's gone from Austin to Lexington, where he wheels around the southern city and hopes people with good hearts will feel for him. He told WLEX he has a degree is speech pathology, a skill Thompson uses to deceive his marks.
Thompson can transition from a stuttering impression of someone mentally handicapped to a smooth-talking Southerner with ease.
He's been arrested twice in 2013 for panhandling but said that he has no intention to leave the city anytime soon.
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