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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
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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To: Mercat

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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To: Second Amendment First
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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To: Second Amendment First

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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To: Second Amendment First

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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To: wideawake
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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To: Second Amendment First
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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To: Second Amendment First
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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To: Second Amendment First
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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To: Second Amendment First

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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To: Second Amendment First

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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To: Second Amendment First

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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To: Second Amendment First
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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To: wideawake

The biggest scam is the ‘’carcinogenic chemicals’’ bit. Trust me, I worked in the construction industry in New York. Asbestos was phased out in the early sixties.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 9:45:39 AM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: kcvl

One: claw back the money even if they get tossed into the street.

Two: Put them in Rikers in the general population with a former law enforcement tag.

Three: Buy life insurance on them before step two for any recovery deficieny from step one.

Problem solved


22 posted on 01/07/2014 9:47:47 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: jmacusa

and asbestos containing material is generally considered a problem only if it is friable and or disturbed?


23 posted on 01/07/2014 9:52:51 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton
Exactly. If it had been the Empire State Building that had been hit then there would have been asbestos all over the place. In actuality if it had been the Empire State Building because of the way it's constructed it would have held. At most the upper part of the building would have been lost(''failed'' in the parlance).
24 posted on 01/07/2014 9:58:33 AM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: 353FMG

I’ve been to a few social security disability hearings. It was not easy to get an award. If the hearing officer found that you could do any kind of work, no matter how menial (the most popular standard was to ask if the person could make change), then you were not eligible for disability. I went with a fellow who had had four failed back surgeries and he was turned down as ineligible. The hearing officer would get an opinion on the person’s medical condition and then a separate opinion on their vocational abilities. If the vocational expert said he could make change, the claim was denied. The hearings lasted about twenty minutes.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 10:11:24 AM PST by paristexas
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To: Second Amendment First
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.

Our self-described heroic first responders!! They are union jackels.

26 posted on 01/07/2014 10:33:17 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Navy Patriot

Public servants, especially LE and fire, already get pretty good pay and massive bennies. The problem is greed, and letting it control their actions.


27 posted on 01/07/2014 10:47:21 AM PST by LevinFan
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To: LevinFan

It was sarcasm.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 11:21:39 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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To: Second Amendment First

Cheats and enablers both should be put away for many long years for defrauding the public.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 4:44:03 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: jmacusa; Mouton

“...there would have been asbestos all over the place.”

And it would take 30 years to notice if you had any cancer from it.

That said, there is lots of other nasty stuff that gets released in a structure fire. Not that that excuses what these people did. The leaders of the scheme should be hanged for treason; adding to the debt that will some day take down this nation.


30 posted on 01/07/2014 4:51:41 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Second Amendment First

I have no love for these people. But being mentally disabled does not exclude one from riding a motorcycle or going fishing.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 5:09:32 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Marcella

I read a few years ago that people were being sent to doctors that had nothing to do with their disability. For instance, someone with back problems would be sent to a pediatrician. And so forth.


32 posted on 01/07/2014 5:11:57 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Marcella

While I’m not a doctor-—I just play one around the neighborhood-—I’m willing to certify this bunch of geniuses as incurably nuts. Making a phony claim then shooting ones mouth off about it on facebook or anyplace else is lead-pipe-cinch evidence of being nuts-a-roni. And I will vote for a bond issue to make sure we have jail space to give these deadbeats a place to study up on how to live in a civilized world.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 5:13:37 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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>> they were completely incapacitated by serious psychiatric disorders.

Then why were they hired in the first place???


34 posted on 01/07/2014 5:15:27 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Second Amendment First
this goes on ALL the time...and our beloved police and fire are big contributors....

we have these so called "civil" service boards who determine disability, and those boards are PACKED with union supporters.....

isn't the disability rate in California for cops like 80%

I think this happens in the military a lot and infact in all govt jobs....

I just have no respect for govt employees and a growing disrespect for most of those on "disability"......

35 posted on 01/07/2014 5:21:52 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
we had one creepy cop get disability because he got hooked on coccaine while a cop fighting the drug war...right..

we had one cop claim disability for "stress" and he won....the stress might have come from going to law school full time while practicing cop.....

outside of govt work I know the unions work full time to get their lakeys more money.....my fil who heated his whole house with a wood stove inside the house, plus also burned used car oil inside, plus ate smoked meats with lots of good carcinogens and who also smoked at one ti to his lungs OVER THE PHONE......resulted in a nice little check for my fil....probably some nice kickbacks for the dr and his staff...

36 posted on 01/07/2014 5:29:40 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Second Amendment First
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.

So, did New York let them keep their guns?

If Joe Citizen were diagnosed with these maladies, would he be allowed to keep his firearms?

Are some animals way more equal than others?

37 posted on 01/07/2014 5:58:24 PM PST by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: cherry
"we had one creepy cop get disability because he got hooked on coccaine while a cop fighting the drug war...right.."

You might not, or might, believe this but this particular thing has happened quite a lot.
UC work (undercover) is extremely stressful to begin with and using drugs, which many times is the reason one is UC, is a required part of the gig. Trying to "fit in" to the 'scene.' It makes for a very powerful combination and many succumb to addiction as a result.

I am NOT trying to justify any thing here - just offering an explanation for the occurrence.

38 posted on 01/08/2014 4:27:58 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: All
It is astoundingly easy to steal/launder govt money.....especially if the govt PTB cunningly suck up to state pols to get millions in line-item budget allocations--that are siphoned off into secret offshore accounts.

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REFERENCE Who could forget the dumb accountants, mayor and council who ignored the $53 million stolen by the Dixon, Ill Comptroller? The dumb Mayor never figured out the Comptroller deposited govt funds into secret bank accounts? Probably b/c he was getting a cut of the millions?

Trying to explain how that much money could disappear unnoticed, the stupid Mayor said the muni struggled financially because "the state" was far behind on income tax disbursements.....(now there's a red flag is there ever was one).

NOTE The Comptroller lived a lavish millionaire's lifestyle on an $80,000 govt salary---which onlookers attributed to her success in the horse breeding industry (cackle).

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HOW INSIDERS STEAL Here's another astoundingly brazen larceny -- $5.7M was electronically emptied out of the coffers of Columbia Univ into an employee's bank account.

Now, several employees are on trial----accused of funneling the stolen millions into the Bank account of alleged mastermind George Castro, 49, in collusion w/ two workers in the university's accounts payable dept.

Accounts payable insiders allegedly altered a routing code and other info connected to payments slated to go from the university's medical center to an affiliate hospital. The money never reached its destination. "Within six weeks, over $5M meant for NY Presbyterian Hospital found it's way into the employee's Bank account," prosecutors said.

When nabbed, one university employee was carrying bags of money -- $200,000 in cash -- into his new $80,000 Audi as cops busted him outside his Bronx residence...he and his co-defendants had at that point thrown hundreds of thousands of stolen dollars into failed day trading investments.

One Columbia accounting dept insider pled guilty to grand larceny, hoping to avoid jail by testifying against the four defendants and his accounts payable co-conspirator.

SOURCE http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/columbia_thieves_argue_just_appeared_92qi6lln0jET37UTxcSjqI#ixzz216mFvb64

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Judge Judy was incensed about this---sending the videotape to Congress.

LATINO'S "JUST HERE FOR A BETTER LIFE" SCAM Seems this tax-sucking latino worked for Cali's San Bernardino County Dept of Corrections. He said he worked 9 mos and got 3 mos time off to be with his children---one of whom was college age.

JJ asked him how he supported himself those 3 mos----he said he collected UI.

Seems the Cali Dept of Corrections perpetuates the acam---they calculately "laid him off" and rehired him 3 mos later.

He had been doing that for nine years. falsifying govt docvuments to get UI tax dollars---AKA government fraud. Now when he was "laid off" to be with his children, he was traveling to be with his girlfriend---she was suing him for a $4000 loan---which was why they were in JJ's court.

39 posted on 01/08/2014 2:46:42 PM PST by Liz
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