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Topic : Bodybuilder collecting disability gets caught through Instagram posts, NY officials say
2022호 7면
 
TITLE : Bodybuilder collecting disability gets caught through Instagram posts, NY officials say

Bodybuilder collecting disability gets caught through Instagram posts, NY officials say



Wife's Instagram posts proved bodybuilder's disability fraud, prosecutors  say – Boston 25 News





After suffering a fall at work in 2013, Anthony Ragusa’s life changed drastically, he reported on his application for disability benefits, state prosecutors in New York said. It hurt to bend over to tie his shoes, he had difficulty walking for more than 15 minutes and sitting for more than 30. Working, he wrote, was out of the question. 

 

But Ragusa’s social media footprint told a different story. 

 

On Instagram, he was an “avid weightlifter,” prosecutors said. 

 

And his wife’s social media posts of the now-52-year-old lifting and training in gyms were used in court to charge him with fraudulently collecting more than $200,000 in disability benefits from 2015 to 2020, according to a news release from the New York Attorney General’s Office. 

 

Ragusa pleaded guilty on June 14 before State Supreme Court Judge Anthony Senft Jr. in Suffolk County Court, according to the release. “Ragusa swindled taxpayers by claiming the benefits for himself, but was caught in his fraudulent scheme when his wife posted bodybuilding photos of him online,” 

 

Ragusa collected income as the president and owner of a limousine service, WhiteStar Limousine, and began his bodybuilding journey, officials said.

 

 

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article262743747.html#storylink=cpy

 

Comprehension

What made Anthony Ragusa's life to change drastically in 2013?
What did he do due to this accident?
According to him, how did his accident affect him?
How did his wife's social media posts tell a different story?
How much did he collect in disability benefits from 2015 to 2020?
Aside from bodybuilding, what else did he do to earn an income?

Discussion

When you think of disability, what comes to your mind?
Have you heard about "disability benefits" in Korea? How does it work in your country?
What do you think about the acton of Ragusa?
What are the pros and cons of having "disability benefits"?
How can we avoid social services being abused by some people?

Vocabulary

drastically - severe and sudden; extreme
Social media footprint - it is a record or trail of anything you do or put online. It includes pictures, videos, posts, and browsing history
pleaded - to make an emotional appeal.
swindled - use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions.