NEW YORK — One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another said his
All were wrongly receiving thousands of dollars in federal disability benefits, prosecutors said Tuesday in announcing a sweeping fraud case involving scores of retired officers, firefighters and jail guards. The retirees faked psychiatric problems and many falsely claimed their conditions arose after the Sept. 11 attacks, authorities said.
"The brazenness is shocking,"
More than 100 people were arrested, including 72 city police officers, eight firefighters, five correction officers and one
Four were ringleaders who coached the former workers on how to feign depression and other mental health problems that allowed them to get payouts as high as $500,000 over decades, Vance said.
The four — retired officer Joseph Esposito, 64; John Minerva, 61, a disability consultant for a detectives union; Raymond Lavallee, 83, a lawyer and former
Applicants for benefits allegedly were taught how to fail memory tests and how to act like people suffering from depression or
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the arrests represented an effort to ensure that "the memories of those who did, in fact, contribute their lives or their physical well-being to dealing with