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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Con man's lived in hospitals as hotels for free

An Austrian con man lived in hospitals for three years after tricking more than 90 clinics into admitting him with fake illnesses.

Jobless Franz Steiger, 59, from Muerzzuschlag, treated the hospitals like a hotel and stayed in 93 across the country.

But he was caught out when he claimed he had been suffering from dizzy spells after being knocked off a motorbike - and examining doctors grew suspicious when they could find no other injuries and checked with other hospitals.

Steiger has admitted to charges of deception by simulating injury and prosecutor Herbert Kohlbacher said: "He obtained free hospital accommodation and food by fraud."

The case is ongoing.

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