Shame on Workers Who Defraud the Federal Disability System!

A recent blurb in the Washington Post revealed that 72 retired New York City police officers, eight firefighters, five prison guards, and one police officer from Nassau County have been charged with faking psychiatric problems to collect federal disability benefits.  That is 86 people collecting years’ worth of benefits to which they were not entitled!  More were expected to be charged last week according to the New York Post, including members of the ringleader’s family.

According to the Post, the workers were coached by four ringleaders on how to describe symptoms of depression and other mental health problems in such a way as to be awarded benefits.  Many of the workers claimed their symptoms started after the September 11, 2001 attacks and that their problems were so severe they were unable to work.  Yet several have been seen working other jobs, or gallivanting on a so-called personal watercraft. The workers themselves collected payouts as high as $500,000 and each of the ringleaders made tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

Virginia disability lawyer Doug Landau says “Shame on those who defraud the system.  It is a true crime to steal from a program designed to help the disabled.  These crooks stole stole money, resources, and time from those who actually need the benefits.  At Abrams Landau, we work to help those truly in need.  We will turn down or withdraw from cases where the claimant is seeking benefits or compensation fraudulently.”

If you or someone you know is disabled and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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