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Indian doctors accused in 'arms-for-alms' scandal
A television sting claimed to expose a thriving "arms-for-alms" trade in India yesterday when journalists apparently caught doctors on screen agreeing to amputate the limbs of beggars for as little as 10,000 rupees (£125).
An investigation by the CNN-IBN news channel showed three doctors taking money from the reporters, who said they were looking for medics to amputate beggars' limbs. There appears to be a thriving trade in Delhi where gangs kidnap beggars and force them to undergo surgery so that their deformities attract sympathy.
To fellow gang members, Michael Garner was known as “Bonecrusher.”
And for good reason. If police are right, the Chicago man used a crude wooden club to break the arms and legs of desperate homeless people, pay them a little cash and beer, then fleece auto insurers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars with bogus injury claims from staged vehicle accidents.
Bonecrusher and his six-man gang prowled around Chicago’s homeless shelters, recruiting alcoholics and drug addicts desperate for a fast buck. It was an easy sell: They’d offer a homeless man thousands in cash. He just had to let Bonecrusher “bump” his arm or leg, and then pose as the injured victim of a staged crash.