Former New York policemen charged with disability fraud
Around 72 New York City police officers, five correction officers, eight firemen, one Nassau County Police Department officer, and other officials were charged with disability fraud on Tuesday, January 7.
According to the case prosecutor, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., one police officer who told the government he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that prevented him from working as a result of his service during the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York was found out to be running his own martial arts center.
Vance said the fraud case was masterminded by four people, who planned for their co-workers to fake mental illnesses in order to obtain disability payouts worth as much as $500,000, making themselves thousands of dollars in secret kickbacks. The four were identified as 64-year-old retired officer Joseph Esposito, 61-year-old detectives’ union disability consultant John Minerva, 83-year-old lawyer, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, and suburban prosecutor Raymond Lavallee, and 89-year-old benefits consultant Thomas Hale. They pleaded not guilty to grand larceny charges.
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