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'Blind man' caught playing cards, risks jail time in Italy

Pensioner claiming thousands in disability benefits

29 November, 15:41
'Blind man' caught playing cards, risks jail time in Italy (ANSA) - Modena, November 29 - A fake blind man in Italy faces jail time for falsely claiming disability benefits after he was caught playing cards on camera.

The pensioner, from the northern town of Vignola, has claimed 1,000 euros a month for his fake condition since 2005, police said.

Police also caught him walking about town without a cane or seeing-eye dog. Prosecutors seized a total of 92,000 euros from the man's bank accounts.

He faces up to five years in jail if convicted.

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