Belly Dancing Sinks NYC Woman's Disability Claim

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job interview A New York City woman who was getting $850 a month in alimony because she was supposedly disabled and unable to work had her payments slashed after her ex-husband spotted online photos of her belly dancing.

Dorothy McGurk told the court that the dancing was physical therapy for injuries she suffered in a car accident in the mid-1990s.

A judge didn't buy it -- and reduced her payments to $400 per month.

The judge also ordered her to pay her ex-husband's legal fees and 60 percent from the sale of their home.

Brian McGurk went to court after discovering a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery.

In other Internet postings, she wrote about dancing vigorously for several hours every day.

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kimberlyivey2

Yeah, I know someone who does zumba, bellydancing, jogging, traveling, painting, singing, writing, etc. She even started her own business, under an assumed name of course! And she gets alimony plus social security disability for a supposed physical disability. She's a fraud, a liar, a cheat and thief. I'm hoping she gets hers someday. She's a piece of crap of the lowest kind. I hate low-lifes like her.

April 18 2011 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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flashygrrl21

So take pictures, send em the right way and put that train in motion.

April 19 2011 at 6:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
E-Dude

I suppose you can say what ever you want. I think you are taking two thing and generalizing an outcome that may not even be true. And then to accuse the person of fraud? Unless you are familiar with what her diagnosis is, you really have no basis of an argument.

April 19 2011 at 6:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Ken

The kind of cheating described in the article is a political issue to the extent that liberals and conservatives have different views on how to address crime and antisocial behavior. Liberals take the view that crime is caused by social issues, i.e. poverty, education, single parents, etc. Conservatives feel criminal behavior is essentially a lack of personal values and irresponsibility. The women in the article reflects that latter, as does most criminals.

April 18 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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grant06

No, its not a poltical issue. Some of the people on here are way too fixated on politics to the point that is becomes unhealthy.

April 18 2011 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
jkj1031

The decision of the Judge seems to be based on common sense. It looks reasonable. However, so long as she is his girlfriend and not legally wed wife, she should have not been awarded any alimony. These outdated laws encourage more family problems. People, especially certain category, make friendship and get married for just collecting someone else's hard earned money. Such laws are gender biased. America's outdated laws should be updated.

April 18 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
dmksbills49

Slashed in half? What are they thinking about? Seems to me someone like to watch the show too much.

April 18 2011 at 7:57 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
larry

I have seen so many fraudulant workmens comp and social security fraud cases its not funny. I have two neighbors that filed a workmens comp claiming they both were injured from two separate falls at their place of employment. While both husband and wife are collecting workmens comp, they purchased two brand new vehicles and a $35,000 Harley motorcycle. Later that week they crashed the Harley, filed an insurance claim for injuries and damage to the Harley. I was shocked the insurance company covered everything.No investigation was done as to why they were on a Harley while claiming back and spine injuries from previous falls and currently collecting workmens comp and haven't returned to work because of that previous injuries. Where is the justice ??? The couple now, is living very comfortably on two student loans and not even enrolled to take classes. This is a major case of workmens comp fraud, insurance fraud, student loan fraud and a major slap in the face to hard working americans that work and earn an honest living. But noone can do anything, including the state or federal government because there are not enough fraud investigators to investigate. These people and many others are stealing their co-workers, employers, state and federal government blind, and laughing all the way to the bank.

April 18 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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grant06

Can't stand neighbors who won't mind their own business.

April 18 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jfromulus

I see alot of fraud comming out of the White House

April 19 2011 at 6:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
gmydogbud

Why was she allowed to get away with this scam, for so long? Somebody, not doing their job?

April 18 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sharon

It's people like this that hurt those who truly need it. There are plenty of people who are on welfare and disability and truly need and deserve it, then there are those that take advantage of the system. I am a Democrat because I truly want programs like this to exist, to help others. But I in no way support this behavior. We need far stricter policies on weeding out the criminals. Republicans want to cut the budget...Democrats want the programs. In my opinion, the answer is not to abolish the program, or cut benefits, but to focus on kicking people like this off these programs.

April 18 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sharon

Ok, so I can't read very well evidently. She was receiving alimony from her husband, not disability from the government. Duh moment !

April 18 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
nyhuguenot

What in the world does your political affiliation have to do with this disability fake? You Liberals disgust me. Do you really think you are the paragons of mercy and grace? Do you really believe all the crap the Democrat party tells you about Republican amitions? Do you really think that continually telling Balck people they can't hack it and have to rely on those checks that Democrats use to buy their votes. Are you really helping people by keeping them on a plantation, dependent on their Massa to feed and house them. I can't wait to get Obama out of the White House. Then we can keep you Liberals in the wilderness for a while.

April 18 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dodie1990

Finally some justice for thje man. The system is unusually biased always towards the woman. Theyt want equality onl;y when it suits them, when it comes to alimony and child support they want 100%.

April 18 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Elam

my girlfriend gets ss disability for ptsd on facebook showing her working in a bar later found out she is a bartender in a readneck bar here in logan wv. just one of many in this welfare state.

April 18 2011 at 6:53 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
sewingpeggy

Let me add my 2 cents worth. I don't see anything in the article that said she was collecting disability from social security or any government entity. it said she was collecting alimony from her ex because she said she couldn't work. She may have only been scamming the husband and not the government. I don't think she stopped to think that anything posted to the internet could come back to haunt you. Take this as a lesson.

April 18 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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