This is what makes it tough for honest people that are disabled. There is a misperception that most people seeking disability benefits are dishonest. Several retired New York City police officers and firefighters were charged Tuesday in an alleged Social Security Disability Insurance fraud scheme that authorities said dates back at least 26 years and involves up to 1,000 fraudulent claimants.
Investigators in multiple states arrested 28 people, the second large-scale roundup in the broadening investigation in about seven weeks, a person familiar with the matter said. In early January, more than 100 people, mostly former police officers and former New York City firefighters, were arrested.
In Tuesday’s arrests, 16 people were New York Police Department officers; four were members of the Fire Department of New York; one had worked at both agencies; one worked at the Department of Correction; and six held other jobs, officials said.
They allegedly made referrals to Raymond Lavallee, an 83-year-old attorney who served as an executive Nassau County District Attorney in the 1960s who authorities say was working with 89-year-old Thomas Dale, a former pension consultant, who authorities say prepared and submitted the disability applications.
Authorities noticed that many of the applications used identical phrases like “I have the TV on to keep me company” and “I’m unable to perform any type of work activity in or out of the house” and were written in the same hand writing.
Read about this in the Wall Street Journal on February 26, 2014. The article is written by Damian Paletta.