NYC Disability Scam: Retired Cops, Firefighters Among Arrested

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 08:55 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A NYC disability scam has led to the arrest of more than 100 retired city employees on Tuesday, most of whom were police officers, firefighters, and prison guards who federal prosecutors allege took part in a scheme that stretched more than 25 years.

Some of the former city employees accused of faking conditions to obtain extra disability pension money allegedly falsely claimed their conditions began after the Sept. 11 attacks, Fox News reported.

The fraud was reportedly orchestrated by four individuals, two retired NYPD officers, a former FBI agent, and a Nassau County assistant prosecutor. The four ringleaders allegedly instructed the retirees on how to game the system, telling them what they should say in order to procure payouts as high as $500,000 in some cases.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

On average, the alleged fraudsters reportedly collected between $30,000 and $50,000 annually.

Tuesday's 100-plus arrests consisted of 72 police officers, eight firefighters, five correction officers and one Nassau County Police Department officer.

"The brazenness is shocking," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said, the Associated Press reported.

The four alleged ringleaders were identified as Joseph Esposito, 64, John Minerva, 61, Raymond Lavallee, 83, and Thomas Hale, 89. All four men pled not guilty to high-level grand larceny charges and were subsequently released on bails that ranged from $250,000 to $1 million.

"I can only express my disgust at the actions of the individuals involved in this scheme," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Bratton replaced outgoing police commissioner Raymond Kelly earlier this month as incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio assumed his office.

"The idea that many of them chose the events of 9/11 to claim as the bases for this disability brings further dishonor to themselves," Bratton added.

About half of the 102 defendants falsely claimed that they suffered post-traumatic stress from 9/11, the New York Post reported.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Over the 26 years in which the alleged scheme took place, the city employees involved reportedly collected upwards of $22 million in bogus benefits, according to authorities.

In addition to Tuesday's arrest, prosecutors estimate that hundreds more people may also find themselves charged at a future date in connection with the scam that potentially involved up to $400 million in total.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Passengers Push Plane on Icy Russian Runway (With Help of a Tractor)

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

Passengers on a Russian plane got off to push the aircraft to help get it on the runway after it began slipping on ice i . . .

Bernie Tiede, Convicted Murderer Mortician, to Get New Sentencing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:39 PM

Bernie Tiede, the mortician who was convicted of killing his companion Marjorie Nugent in 1996, will receive a new sente . . .

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Getting Phased Out With FCA Formation

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:51 PM

Chrysler's iconic Pentastar logo is being phased out as the company introduces a new logo in keeping with the newly form . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved