Friday, May 18, 2007

For the Sake of a Parking Ticket

This odd story on CNN discusses a mother who forced her children to pretend to be retarded in order to mooch off the state.

Rosie Costello, 46, must also pay nearly $288,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to defraud the government and Social Security fraud. Last week, a judge sentenced her son, Pete Costello, to 13 months in prison.

The scheme was discovered after Pete Costello, now 28, was seen contesting a traffic ticket in a Vancouver, Washington, courtroom. Since he was 8, his mother had represented to state and federal officials that he was so severely retarded he could not perform simple tasks. |CNN|
How utterly lazy and despicable. Of course, the restitution order is a moot point. I'd wager she'll never pay back even one-tenth of what the state paid her under false pretenses.

She may be sentenced to prison for non-payment of her restitution, but that just means she'll be an even larger burden on the state. This is another case where I think corporal punishment might be in order.

1 comment:

Mun Mun said...

Wow! I'd like to see what kind of acting job that kid pulled off.