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80 From N.Y. Police and Fire Forces Are Charged in Social Security Fraud
New York Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

Posted on 01/07/2014 8:17:30 AM PST by Second Amendment First

Eighty retired New York City police officers and firefighters were charged on Tuesday in one of the largest Social Security disability frauds ever, a sprawling decades-long scheme in which false mental disability claims by as many as 1,000 people cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to court papers.

Scores of those charged in the case essentially stole in plain sight, according to a 205-count indictment and a bail letter, collecting between $30,000 and $50,000 a year based on fabricated claims that they were completely incapacitated by serious psychiatric disorders. Many said that their actions in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were responsible for their psychiatric conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression.

But their Facebook pages and other websites, according to the court papers, tell a starkly different story.

The bail letter includes photographs culled from the Internet that show one riding a jet ski and others working at jobs ranging from helicopter pilot to martial arts instructor. One is shown fishing off the coast of Costa Rica and another sitting astride a motorcycle, while another appeared in a television news story selling cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry Street in Manhattan.

Indeed, prosecutors charge that they were coached by the scheme’s organizers to appear disheveled and disoriented during interviews, in which doctors initially evaluated their disability applications before finding them to be mentally disabled and incapable of any work whatsoever.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; donutwatch; fraud; nyc
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I hope these bastards go to prison for a long time.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 8:17:30 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Yup


2 posted on 01/07/2014 8:19:01 AM PST by billyboy15
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To: Second Amendment First

I love Facebook.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 8:20:46 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Second Amendment First

Reminds me a little of “Copland.”


4 posted on 01/07/2014 8:22:03 AM PST by FAA
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How stupid people can be thinking only their friends will see what they are posting.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 8:24:55 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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There is an entire cottage industry of 9/11 scam artists.

Why am I supposed to believe that the WTC, apart from all other destroyed buildings, was constructed entirely out of noxious carcinogenic chemicals?

6 posted on 01/07/2014 8:25:13 AM PST by wideawake
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Just one fraud scheme, in just one city.

Now multiply that by hundreds of cities, multiple schemes, all across the nation.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 8:25:50 AM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Second Amendment First

And yet...

These ‘trained professionals’ are the ONLY ones who can be trusted with firearms.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 8:27:08 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Second Amendment First

This is what a socialist nation promotes..misuse of huge taxpayer’s funds.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 8:28:47 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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When money is so generously distributed by government, state and local authorities it stands to reason that many will try to take advantage of the system.

So many already do and get away with it. It’s known as trickle down dishonesty.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 8:29:45 AM PST by 353FMG
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Why am I supposed to believe that the WTC, apart from all other destroyed buildings, was constructed entirely out of noxious carcinogenic chemicals?

Yes. They smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for thirty years, but when they get emphysema, they are absolutely positive its because of the single half-day they spent on the perimeter of ground zero.

Their union appointed doctor backs them 120%.

11 posted on 01/07/2014 8:29:52 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Second Amendment First

We need to pay public servants more to prevent this sort of thing.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 8:30:17 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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I hope these bastards go to prison for a long time.

Not a chance. They will join King Obama's gestapo squad. You know, the TSA, HHA, etc.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 8:34:19 AM PST by Logical me
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How stupid people can be thinking only their friends will see what they are posting.

I know some people on FB who accept any friend request they receive, even from people they don't know. They brag that they have over a thousand friends or more. All someone needs to do is just drop the dime on them. There was a cop in Westchester County NY who was suspended for making remarks about the president on FB.

14 posted on 01/07/2014 8:41:10 AM PST by Wiggins
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When I was in private practice years ago, the Social Security Adm. sent people to me to test to determine if they were disabled. The SS would never see these people, so my report carried a lot of weight in their determination if these people were disabled. It usually took 6 hrs. for my testing. I knew their future would be mostly determined by this report, so my reports usually ran twelve pages, single spaced. I saw a lot of truly disabled people. I didn't recommend one woman for disability and the SS turned her down. She called me and wanted my report. Told her she would have to get it from SS as they paid for it so it belonged to them. Later, I found she had already been turned down once before.

I was not a rubber stamp with any of these people. My personal feelings were not involved, could they work was what I had to determine. The greater part of these people had severe physical disabilities and only a few had mental problems/disabilities that wouldn't permit them to work.

I was sure of my evaluation to the point I could support it in court if it came to that. These investigators would have access to the evaluation these men had and would know if it had been a proper one. PTSD and Bipolar (used to be called Manic-Depressive) and ADD + other letters attached to that, and Autism, diagnoses are thrown around like candy now.

15 posted on 01/07/2014 8:47:14 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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charges a total of 106 people, four of whom are accused of running the scheme. That group includes an 83-year-old lawyer who has worked as an F.B.I. agent and a prosecutor, an 89-year-old pension consultant and a 61-year-old official of the union that represents New York City police detectives

the lawyer, Raymond Lavallee; the pension consultant, Thomas Hale; the detectives’ union official, John Minerva; and Joseph Esposito, 64, a retired New York police officer who recruited many of the other defendants — were charged with first- and second-degree grand larceny and attempted second-degree grand larceny

traced the scheme’s origins to 1988, and estimated that the retirees collected fraudulent disability awards ranging from approximately $50,000 to $500,000

we estimate that over the 26 years of the charged scheme, fraudulent claims were filed with respect to as many as 1,000 individuals totaling as much as $400 million in benefits received

likely that as many as 50 more people would be charged in the coming weeks with making fraudulent claims

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/nyregion/retired-new-york-officers-and-firefighters-charged-in-social-security-scheme.html?hp&_r=0


16 posted on 01/07/2014 8:48:45 AM PST by kcvl
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Ruh roh. SSDI must be on its last breath if NYT was allowed to publish this. It’s like a shout out to other wealthy scammers that they better leave the faux claims to the lower class.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 8:53:08 AM PST by ToastedHead
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Posting on FaceBook is like having a government surveillance camera installed in your house. I doubt the 4th amendment has any meaning to these people.. and by extension, the rest of our Constitutionally protected rights. For them, it’s the right to ‘feel good’ while plundering everything in sight.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 9:18:36 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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Get off of Farce-Butt! Delete the account!
19 posted on 01/07/2014 9:28:36 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: dead

The bigger your union the more carcinogenic the building is.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 9:44:58 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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