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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky man is raking in the money by pretending to be disabled.
Gary Thompson spends his days panhandling on the streets of Lexington.
Thompson says he earns anywhere from $60,000-$100,000 annually by pretending to be mentally and physically disabled.
His family says he does have some health issues, but he needs to stop lying and scamming people.
"I don't know whether you call it crazy, stupid, or ignorant. But he does know how to manipulate, too. I think he needs treatment," says Gary Horton, who is Thompson's uncle.
"I mean, people give people in wheelchairs money that are handicap. I'll just not act retarded anymore and get their money and I'll be normal. I am normal. It just helps to be mentally handicapped," says Thompson.
He was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident when he was child.
But Horton says that's not a reason for his nephew to continue with his bogus scam.