February 18, 2013

Alzheimer’s was Minnesota man’s path to fame, then jail

By Logan Lafferty

As it turns out, though, Smith didn't have dementia at all. He faked it to qualify for disability insurance and will soon be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim for defrauding the government…"It's an amazing case," said Dr. David S. Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist who diagnosed Smith as having Alzheimer's in 2005. "I have some strong feelings about this," he said. He declined to say more, citing patient confidentiality.


Star Tribune by Dan Browning

Tags: defrauding government, disability insurance, Dr. David S. Knopman, Legal / Leadership, Neurology, Star Tribune

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