80 retired cops, firefighters charged in 9/11 disability fraud


spaminator
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80 retired cops, firefighters charged in 9/11 disability fraud
Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters


First posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 07:33 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 07:40 PM EST
NEW YORK - Eighty retired New York police officers and firefighters were charged on Tuesday in a suspected disability scam in which authorities said dozens of people falsely claimed to have been traumatized by the Sept. 11 attacks.
In all, 106 suspects were charged in a scheme that goes back to the late 1980s, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose office led the two-year probe.
"The total amount stolen from taxpayers could reach $400 million," Vance said. Disability payments, pension liabilities and salary demands are among the financial pressures on municipalities that are struggling to balance budgets while maintaining basic services.
Prosecutors released documents that included images of a number of the purportedly disabled suspects engaged in activities such as jet-skiing, martial arts instruction and piloting a helicopter.
The case is reminiscent of a $1 billion disability fraud involving employees of the Long Island Rail Road who were accused of playing golf, shovelling snow or riding bikes when they claimed they were unable to work. After the scandal was first brought to light by a 2008 New York Times investigation, U.S. authorities charged 33 people, all of whom pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial.
In the more recent case, New York prosecutors said many of the suspects claimed U.S. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits of $30,000 to $50,000 a year for psychiatric ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression that were so incapacitating they were unable to work - or, in some cases, even to leave their homes.
"The brazenness is shocking," Vance said at a Tuesday press conference, referring to one suspect who officials said ran a martial arts studio. "So if you're 'disabled' and running around running a judo studio, that's brazen."
By early Tuesday afternoon, officials said, 84 of the 106 were in custody, and most of the remaining 22 defendants were expected to surrender or be arrested. Investigators said they were still collecting evidence and more people could be charged.
Officials said four men masterminded the wide-ranging scheme, directing hundreds of applicants to the SSDI benefits program and teaching them how to feign symptoms of mental and psychiatric damage in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled.
"Since at least 1988, these men are charged with coaching hundreds of individuals on how to convince the Social Security Administration that (they) are unable to work at any job because they suffer a psychiatric condition and are, therefore, entitled to monthly disability payments," Vance said.
The four men charged with organizing the scheme are a retired New York police officer, a police detectives' union official, a pension consultant and an attorney, officials said.
Newly appointed New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who stood beside Vance at the news conference, said he could "only express disgust" at the actions of the suspects. He was especially irked that they invoked the suicide hijack attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - also known as 9/11 - when nearly 3,000 people were killed.
"The idea that many of them chose the events of 9/11 to claim as the basis for their disability brings further dishonour to themselves," Bratton said.
The 106 defendants are being charged with varying degrees of grand larceny and attempted grand larceny and face a range of jail sentences if convicted.
Defence attorneys for the suspects could not be identified on Tuesday.
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karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

He was especially irked that they invoked the suicide hijack attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - also known as 9/11 - when nearly 3,000 people were killed.

oh my god, we're that old now? current news readers might not know what 9/11 was? yikes
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

oh my god, we're that old now?

Welcome to my world, lol.

Quote:

current news readers might not know what 9/11 was? yikes

Well, to be fair, in this age of rapid news sound bites, new information replacing old information by the second, our attention span just isn't what it used to be.

What were we talking about again?
 
EagleSmack
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Well it made a good conspiracy story while it lasted.


PTSD is next. I know many vets have it... but I also know one vet personally who collects a 100% disability pension for PTSD and was never in combat. Never. He served during peace time. Not one shot fired at him and he said he was traumatized because he was taught to kill. SCAM.
 
petros
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OBL hurt my feelings too. Where is my cheque?
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Well it made a good conspiracy story while it lasted.


PTSD is next. I know many vets have it... but I also know one vet personally who collects a 100% disability pension for PTSD and was never in combat. Never. He served during peace time. Not one shot fired at him and he said he was traumatized because he was taught to kill. SCAM.

What really and truly pisses me off is that when these jerk offs scam the insurance companies and/or government in this way, it makes it that much harder for people who legitimately have a problem to get the help they need. Just like the false rape or molestation accusers, it always follows that those who have a real rape or molestation to report then get viewed with so much skepticism and are put through the wringer when they're seeking help, at least in the public's perceptions and attitudes, that many of them don't bother. And they continue to suffer needlessly because of that.

People who take advantage and 'jump on the bandwagon' (so to speak) for attention or money seriously make my blood boil!
 
Nuggler
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"""Defence attorneys for the suspects could not be identified on Tuesday."""


By god, Bob, frod is hard a prove. The prostituters better have good cases or they will be sued six ways from Sunday, and the resultant settlement will make the "fraud" look like tiny wee potatoes.


Tain't the first time "the law" would be seen to be an ***.{ a s s }


Check out Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. If them ain't frod, by god, bob, what is ??


You're gonna ride the high horse, better have good stirrups and a excellent sense of balance.
 
JLM
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Ha, some company for Bernie Madoff!
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

What really and truly pisses me off is that when these jerk offs scam the insurance companies and/or government in this way, it makes it that much harder for people who legitimately have a problem to get the help they need. Just like the false rape or molestation accusers, it always follows that those who have a real rape or molestation to report then get viewed with so much skepticism and are put through the wringer when they're seeking help, at least in the public's perceptions and attitudes, that many of them don't bother. And they continue to suffer needlessly because of that.

People who take advantage and 'jump on the bandwagon' (so to speak) for attention or money seriously make my blood boil!

And they sullied the honour of the police and firefighters who died on 9/11.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

And they sullied the honour of the police and firefighters who died on 9/11.

Greed is bad enough but greed on the backs of those who have suffered makes them lower than scum in my opinion.
 

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