August 10, 2009

Woman outraged by fake special needs

A Florida woman said a man who hired her to be a caregiver for his special-needs brother posed as his fake sibling to receive care he did not need.

Janet Schulte of Melbourne said her Craigslist posting for her child-care services yielded contact from a man looking for someone to take care of his brother, whom he described to her as in his 40s and suffering from injuries sustained during a car accident, including weak arms, poor bladder control and the mental capacity of a 5-year-old, Florida Today, Melbourne, Fla., reported Monday.

Schulte said the man offered $600 a week to take care of his fictitious brother before assuming the identity of an invalid and coming under Schulte's care for six months. Schulte's duties included bottle feeding the disguised man and changing his diapers.

She said she and her husband, Dominic Randall, eventually became suspicious of the arrangement and unmasked the man as his own fictitious brother.

Sgt. David Marich, head of general crimes for the North Precinct of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, said prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence to charge the man with any crimes but his office is continuing to research possible charges.

It's a weird case, Sheriff's Lt. Tod Goodyear said. It's really on a borderline of possibly being a fraud. He is perpetrating something there because he's doing it under a false pretense.