VIDEO: Italian conman who ‘spent 12-years in wheelchair faking disability’ to receive benefits, caught walking through the airport without assistance

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An Italian man, Roberto Guglielmi, who faked disability for 12 years and received £118,000 in benefits and other special privileges has been exposed after he was seen on Tuesday walking through the airport without assistance.

Investigators say Guglielmi injected his legs with anaesthetic and underwent painful physical therapy in order to deceive doctors

According to prosecutors, Guglielmi, 55  pretended to be wheelchair-bound following a car accident in 2007 but it has now been discovered that the crash was faked along with his disability claim.

Guglielmi from Florence allegedly injected his legs with an anesthetic to weaken the muscle tone and underwent painful physical therapy in order to fool doctors.

Roberto Guglielmi, 55, from Florence, faked a car accident in 2007 to begin claiming disability benefits and then spent 12 years in a wheelchair, police say

He was exposed after being seen at Florence’s international airport returning from a holiday in Togo. Authorities say he walked off the plane without assistance.

The 55-year-old was caught on Tuesday this week when he arrived back from a holiday in Togo and walked through the airport without assistance

Guglielmi devised the scheme in 2007 along with his house-mate as a way for the pair to avoid paying rent, according to Repubblica reports.

While Guglielmi stayed in his chair while he was in Florence, outside of the state where he was not known they say he walked around normally (pictured)

The housemate reportedly agreed to fake hitting Guglielmi with his car, who then managed to attain a faked medical certificate saying he was unable to walk.

He was granted disability allowance after the accident, which allowed him to pay a home care assistant. Guglielmi was also given a disabled parking bay outside his home and allowed use of disabled parking bays and driving lanes.

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Prosecutors say Guglielmi’s deceptions over the years became more and more extreme as he became a campaigner for disabled rights in local newspapers.

In 2014, Guglielmi was given the privilege to meet with Pope Francis after he heard his story.

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Prosecutors also claimed that while Mr. Guglielmi maintained that he was disable in public, he walks normally at home and was seen walking normally outside of Florence, including in front of his home carer.

Guglielmi (pictured before his ‘accident’) has now been ordered under house arrest while more investigations are carried out

Hidden camera footage taken by detectives inside Guglielmi’s home appears to show him walking around with little difficulty.

His carer who spoke to Investigators confirmed that Guglielmi’s disability was a con.

Mr.Guglielmi is now being held under house arrest while further investigations are carried out.

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