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Police: Man drove while claiming blindness

ARONA, Italy, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Italian authorities said a man is facing fraud charges after he was found to have been driving a car and riding a bike while collecting benefits for blindness.

Police in Arona said they cross-checked pension data with driving license records and found the 69-year-old man, whose name was not released, had been driving while collecting disability checks for being "totally blind," ANSA reported Thursday.

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Investigators said the man collected more than $204,000 in benefits over the course of 18 years.

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