News And The Oscar Goes To…
posted by December 5 at 18:43 PMon
Pete Costello of Vancouver, Washington, for his convincing portrayal of a retarded child, adolescent, and adult. It was the role of a lifetime—literally.
Man Accused of Faking Retardation
For nearly 20 years—ever since Pete Costello was 8—his mother has collected disability benefits on his behalf. In meetings with Social Security officials and psychologists, he appeared mentally retarded and unable to communicate. His mother insisted he couldn’t read or write, shower, take care of himself or drive a car.
But now prosecutors say it was all a huge fraud, and they have video of Costello contesting a traffic ticket to prove it.
”He’s like any other person trying to get out of a traffic ticket,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa said Tuesday….
Barbosa filed with the court two videos of Pete Costello taken this year: In one, he allegedly feigns retardation during an interview with Social Security workers; the other is of him contesting the traffic ticket in a courtroom earlier this year.
Costello’s acting netted him—or his mother—over $100,000 worth of benefits over the last twenty years. He has a sister, also retarded, who may have been faking it too. She pulled down more than $200,000 worth of benefits. The authorities haven’t been able to locate Costello’s sister.