MEET the Scam Beggar Who Made Over N16 Million From Faking Sad Stories [PHOTO]
He's in a wheelchair, and gets his money
by making you feel sorry for him.
Gary Thompson, says he rakes in 60,000
to 100,000 dollars a year begging. But
his sob story is a sham, and he admitted
it to LEX 18.
Since our story first aired about
Thompson, complaints have poured into
"It's offensive;" "It's disturbing;" "It's
just plain sad;" those are some of the
comments viewers have shared who say
they believed Thompson, and gave him
He is in a wheelchair, because he has
difficulty walking, but his speech isn't
slurred and his arms are fully
functioning. Thompson is not the man he
makes himself out to be.
"I appreciate you guys busting me,"
Thompson says as he laughs. "Yeah, I'm
really good at it, really good. I clear
about 100,000 dollars a year doing this."
Thompson goes on to tell us, "I am
normal, it just helps to be mentally
"Helps" with his business. Thompson is
banking on the fact you'll feel sorry for
him, enough to give him your hard-
"He got me " Judy McKinney says.
She tells LEX 18 Thompson wheeled out
in front of her stopped car on Shelby
"I don't make that much money, but I
reached into my pocket, and gave him
everything I had. Six dollars at the time,"
She says he gave her the same spiel he
"I actually thought he was a handicapped
person and I actually thought I was doing
a good deed."
Dozens of you have come forward,
telling us about Thompson, that he
"approached you," and that you "gave
Thompson has now been exposed, but
he doesn't seem worried, or remorseful.
We caught him on camera trying his act
again, after we busted him, right outside
police headquarters. It doesn't look like
he's going to stop this anytime soon:
"Hey I love y'all " Thompson says, looking
right into the camera. "Keep paying me
I'll see you on the street "
On another note, Thompson used to be a
millionaire. His mother sued Honda in
1993 after he was injured in a
motorcycle accident. He got 2.4 million
dollars, money he says he blew.
Thompson has pleaded guilty to charges
twice this year. Penalties are a 50 to
100 dollar fine and a maximum of ten
days in jail. Police say to arrest him, an
officer has to catch him in the act.
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