Transcript for NYC Cops, Firefighters Charged in 9/11 Disability Fraud
There are so many defendants in this massive disability insurance scam -- 106. A special courtroom had to be set up for arraignments. Late today the four accused mastermind including a former prosecutor and two retired NYPD cops were paraded through the hallway. Since at least 1988. These men are charged with coaching hundreds and hundreds of individuals. On how to convince the Social Security Administration. That those individuals are unable to work at any job. Because they suffer -- psychiatric condition. And therefore are entitled to monthly disability payments from. The accused include 72 former NYPD cops as well as city firefighters and correction officers. Many reportedly cited post traumatic stress from the 9/11 attacks where their inability to work. Has a New York or. As a US citizen. I can only expressed disgust that the actions of the individuals involved. In this game. The investigation found one claim -- teaching martial arts another former police officer with depression smiling and making an obscene gesture from his jet ski. Another police officer claimed identical ailments and inability to socialize or leave the house. Posted this photo from a fishing trip. Prosecutors claim the defendants collected anywhere from 50000 up to 500000. -- fraudulent awards. They kicked back a percentage to the four accused ringleaders all of the accused pleaded not guilty. This investigation is very much ongoing. Prosecutors say hundreds more city workers could be involved in this game with the estimated that to put -- 400 million dollars.
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