Long Island Rail Workers Charged With Faking Injuries
Scheme could cost federal pension agency more than $1B
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2011 8:16 AM CDT
Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces charges of disability fraud against 11 defendants of the Long Island Railroad, Oct. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – The FBI charged 11 people yesterday in connection with a massive fraud scheme that saw hundreds of Long Island Rail Road workers allegedly fake disabling injuries so that they could retire early and collect their pensions. Among those arrested are two doctors who together approved cases handing $121 million to workers who allegedly made up or exaggerated their ills—and unless the government can stop the disbursements, those cases could wind up costing a federal pension agency $1 billion, the New York Times reports.

“Employees, in many cases, after claiming to be too disabled to stand, sit, walk, or climb steps, retired to lives of regular golf, tennis, biking, and aerobics,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said. Indeed, one of the defendants collects $105,000 in pension and disability a year, yet played golf 140 times during one nine-month period, according to the complaint. The indictments spring from a series of Times articles noting that almost all career LIRR employees apply for and receive disability pay.

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Oct 28, 2011 8:58 PM CDT
Let me guess. These RR workers were both government and union employees!
Oct 28, 2011 6:43 PM CDT
How much you want to bet that the majority that really did commit fraud were registered Republicans. And I would bet the Dr.s are Republicans as well !!
Oct 28, 2011 12:26 PM CDT
Euthinasia, as a deterent to other union crooks, is in order when these scumbags are convicted .......