(NEW YORK) — Scores of retired New York City police, fire and corrections officers are expected to be arrested starting at 6 a.m. ET Tuesday 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.
The Manhattan District Attorney will announce Tuesday afternoon the arrests, which 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. 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.
Most of the arrests will take place in New York City, while about 20 others will be out of state, mainly Florida, and a few in other parts of New York State.
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