Retired New York Cops, Firefighters Accused In 9/11 Fraud Case
Scores of retired New York cops, firefighters and corrections officers were arrested in a crackdown on disability fraud.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office accuses the retired workers, along with their lawyers and doctors, of faking work-related stress, including feigned psychiatric disorders related to 9/11.
Among those busted today was John Minerva, the disability consultant for the Detectives Endowment Association, officials said.
Today’s arrests cap a two year investigation, aided by federal investigators, the city’s Department of Investigation and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
The alleged fraud cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in improper Social Security benefits.
None of the accused actually suffered from debilitating stress, officials claim. Many were caught working after retirement, a violation of disability benefits.
And some of the retired officers retained their gun permits. Retired officers cannot possess guns if they are being treated for stress.