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TACOMA, Washington (AP) -- A woman admitted Monday that she coached her two children to fake retardation starting when they were 4 and 8 years old so she could collect Social Security benefits on their behalf.

 

Rosie Costello, 46, admitted in U.S. District Court that she collected more than $280,000 in benefits, beginning in the mid-1980s. Most was from Social Security, but the state social services agency paid $53,000.

 

Costello pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and Social Security fraud. Her son, Pete, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this month. Federal prosecutors in Seattle said Monday authorities had not yet located her daughter, Marie.

 

According to the plea agreement, Costello began coaching her daughter at age 4, and later used the same ruse with her son. He feigned retardation into his mid-20s -- picking at his face, slouching and appearing uncommunicative in meetings with Social Security officials.

 

Social Security workers became suspicious and uncovered a video of Pete Costello ably contesting a traffic ticket in a Vancouver courtroom.

 

Pete Costello is scheduled to be sentenced May 11 and faces from six months to a year in prison, as well as $59,000 in restitution.

 

Rosie Costello is scheduled for sentencing May 17. Her standard sentencing range was not immediately available, but in the plea agreement she agreed to repay the government.

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zing! Its a good trick I guess... I wouldn't turn my kids into criminals at suchs a young age I would at least wait till they were 12...

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wow they managed to get away with it for over 20 years.. kinda makes you think the government is retarded for not realizing sooner...

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BITCHES LIKE THIS SHOULD GET AWARDS, NOT JAIL TIME.

 

Hahaha

 

Wouldn't you think the state would require some medical documentation or some shit?

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it's not hard to fake a mental illness and get hooked up with the social security, just tell them you always think about killing yourself, say you're on drugs and shit, and tap your head while explaining that you're crazy a few times. they should have acted crazy not retarded

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it's not hard to fake a mental illness and get hooked up with the social security, just tell them you always think about killing yourself, say you're on drugs and shit, and tap your head while explaining that you're crazy a few times. they should have acted crazy not retarded

 

Actually most people that collect SSI have to go through all the red tape motions of getting turned down time and time again before they actually get approved. Even when they have zero arms and half a leg.

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That shit is bananas!!

What a scam. The kids must have been pretty intelligent to start acting good enough to fool people at the age of 4!!

 

As someone else said, get them an agent.

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