Sad story at NY Post. Excerpt:
Nearly 100 suspects – many of them city cops and firefighters falsely claiming they were traumatized on 9/11 - were busted Tuesday in a huge mental disability pension fraud scam that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, sources told The Post.
The fraudsters were in cahoots with doctors and lawyers who helped them fake various mental disabilities so they could cash in on fat Social Security disability pensions totaling tens of thousands of dollars a year.
The head scammers include Raymond Lavallee, 83, a Nassau County lawyer and former FBI agent and prosecutor, and retired cop John Minerva, 61, who worked on pension requests for an NYPD union.
Sources said Lavallee raked in thousands in cash payoffs - much of it in paper bags left on a park bench near his workplace.