LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Central Kentucky man dubbed the Bogus Beggar is back at it again. Gary Thompson was recently discovered by an undercover reporter in Louisville carrying a hidden camera.
In 2013, FOX 56 anchor Kristen Pflum confronted Thompson outside Lexington Police headquarters, minutes after police wrapped up a press conference warning people about his fake handicap.
Police say Thompson pretends to have mental and physical disabilities and has been spotted panhandling all over the state.
In 2016, Thompson pleaded guilty to a federal charge of falsely representing a mental condition to collect $106,000 in disability and medicaid benefits over four years.
Thompson told Pflum in 2013, he makes $60,000-100,000 panhandling.