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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 schemes 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.
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I love Facebook.
Reminds me a little of “Copland.”
How stupid people can be thinking only their friends will see what they are posting.
Why am I supposed to believe that the WTC, apart from all other destroyed buildings, was constructed entirely out of noxious carcinogenic chemicals?
Just one fraud scheme, in just one city.
Now multiply that by hundreds of cities, multiple schemes, all across the nation.
These ‘trained professionals’ are the ONLY ones who can be trusted with firearms.
This is what a socialist nation promotes..misuse of huge taxpayer’s funds.
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.
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%.
We need to pay public servants more to prevent this sort of thing.
Not a chance. They will join King Obama's gestapo squad. You know, the TSA, HHA, etc.
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.
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.
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 schemes 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
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.
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.
The bigger your union the more carcinogenic the building is.
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.
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.
and asbestos containing material is generally considered a problem only if it is friable and or disturbed?
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.
Our self-described heroic first responders!! They are union jackels.
Public servants, especially LE and fire, already get pretty good pay and massive bennies. The problem is greed, and letting it control their actions.
It was sarcasm.
Cheats and enablers both should be put away for many long years for defrauding the public.
“...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.
I have no love for these people. But being mentally disabled does not exclude one from riding a motorcycle or going fishing.
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.
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.
>> they were completely incapacitated by serious psychiatric disorders.
Then why were they hired in the first place???
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"......
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...
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?
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.
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).
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.
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.