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Fraudster Pretends To Be Blind Gets Caught Driving

John Caltabiano, Jr., is an upstate New York man who pretended to be blind in order to collect worker's comp. Recently, the scammer was captured on camera by investigators driving a car, hitting the gym and going shopping.

In the images, Caltabiano can be seen wearing shades as he sits behind the wheel of a teal pickup truck, staring at the camera as he walks without help into a store in photos that aired Friday on "Nightline."

The photos were taken days before his girlfriend took him to a courthouse for a hearing in his fraud trial to convince people he was completely blind. Caltabiano, a 49-year-old Catskill native, was convicted in October along with his girlfriend, Colleen J. McCarten, 43, for faking an on-the-job-injury he claimed left him totally vision impaired in order to cash in on more social security and worker's compensation between 2008 and 2010.

If he had not been caught, he could have collected over half a million dollars.

U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said after the pair's sentencing, "If Caltabiano had not been stopped, he would have been able to steal more than a half a million dollars based on his life expectancy." Caltabiano, who was previously convicted of sexual assault charges for attempting to abduct teenage girls, was given a five-year sentence for disability and mail fraud in February. His girlfriend was given three years probation for helping with the conspiracy.

Photo: The Daily Mail, Konnie Moments

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