Man who faked blindness to collect monies caught driving a car

Man who faked blindness to collect monies caught driving a car

After eight years of pretending to be blind to get benefits, a man has been nabbed by the police for allegedly violating the pension and disability act.

A man in South Korea who pretended to be blind for eight years to get benefits has been caught after his neighbour saw him driving a car.

Reports say the Busan Yeonje Police Station said it had arrested the man, who is in his 40s, on suspicion of violating the pension and disabilities act.

He is suspected of misrepresenting himself as a person with a level one visual impairment, which is at the most serious level.

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Police suspect he received GHC 549,000 (£79,954) in government money between 2010 and 2018.

Reports also say that he was caught after one of his neighbours, who believed he was blind, reported him to a Korean anti-corruption agency after seeing him driving and parking a car.

Police say the suspect's phone also had a video of him driving on a motorway.

The man did have an eye disease, which was diagnosed years ago, and he needed to wear glasses, but the condition does not impair his vision.

Police say the suspect admitted he had faked blindness to receive benefits.

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