Man Scams Millions Off Government by Pretending to Need a Wheelchair

If you’re clever enough to score millions of dollars by pretending to be a paraplegic, you should be clever enough not to post incriminating photos of yourself using your working legs online.

Oddly enough, that’s what one con artist did, ruining a lucrative scheme he’d kept up for a good six years. Lars Wallin, 50, of Sweden suckered his nation’s government out of the equivalent of $2 million by pretending to be wheelchair-bound after suffering a car accident in 2001.

The jig was up after Wallin posted pictures of himself online from his vacation to Egypt, where he’d rode camels, smoked hookah, and even ascended a pyramid, and all without a wheelchair. But this was no miracle, and Wallin was convicted for his crimes in 2011. However, he never showed up to serve his time and police suspected he’d fled the country.

Wallin was finally caught and arrested on Oct. 15 when Swedish police obtained the photos. The government funded Wallin — who claimed he was unable even to dress himself — along with his girlfriend and two brothers for six year, but he’s currently being extradited back to Sweden to serve his time.

 

Advertisement