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  • Man who faked retardation gets 13 months

    Illiterate man says he was wrong to ‘act like a child’ to get benefits

    Updated: 12:37 a.m. ET May 12, 2007
    TACOMA, Wash. - A Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison for pretending to be mentally retarded in order to claim disability benefits.

    Pete J. Costello, 28, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to defraud the government and to Social Security fraud. He began receiving disability benefits when he was 8. He was ordered to repay the $59,226 he has received since turning 18.

    Costello, who cannot read or write, dictated a letter to his public defender that was submitted to the judge before sentencing and filed in court.

    “I know that it was wrong to ‘act like a child’ in the Social Security office when that is not how I really am,” the letter said. “I feel very bad about this and want to do everything I can to pay this money back.”

    Costello’s mother, Rosie Costello, 46, who also pleaded guilty, is to be sentenced Thursday for coaching her son and daughter to feign mental retardation. Authorities have not found the daughter.

    Pete Costello continued to fake retardation into his mid-20s — picking at his face, slouching and appearing uncommunicative in meetings with Social Security officials.

    The scheme came to light last year after he got a traffic ticket in Vancouver, then was videotaped acting normally when he contested the ticket in court.

    its a family scam

    the daught is still free
    somebody please put her in jail

    wow if i needed money i could never do anything like this

    get a job

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  • #2
    interesting article, thanks for posting it!
    Go Broncos, make me keep believing this year


    • #3
      Did he wear a Patriots jersey?
      President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter

      formerly Officially Adopted by saltybuggah
      I adopted Skywalker

      I have been adopted by Chris Wade


      • #4
        After reading the article and thinking about it, the man's MOTHER should carry as much or more blame than anyone. Don't you think she would be THANKFUL that her children were not mentally retarded????? NO, let's think of a scheme to scam!!!!
        Last edited by Denver Native; 05-13-2007, 10:59 AM.

        Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

        Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29


        • #5
          I feel sorry for both the son and the daughter because they had to have that scam artist as their mother. I hope that both of them find a way to recover from wasting the first 30 years of their lives.


          • #6
            and people thought jonny knoxville in the movie "the ringer" was an idiot
            he was just making a movie this is real life

            people like this should be forced to help out the mentally handicapped people for the rest of their lives.

            this is just wrong

            sig by B4B6..