FBI: 10 more charged in LIRR pensions case?
The FBI said it has arrested 10 more people as part of its months-long investigation into allegations that hundreds of Long Island Rail Road employees faked disabilities so they could enjoy more lucrative pensions.
Six people were arrested Tuesday morning on Long Island, FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald said. Another person was arrested in Florida. The suspects were expected to begin appearing in court later in the day.
The round-up came five months after an initial batch of 11 arrests targeted railroad retirees who had been granted early retirement because of supposed on-the-job injuries, only to be spotted later playing golf and tennis, working out, and even riding in a 400-mile bike race. Two doctors were charged with fabricating or exaggerating medical assessments to bolster bogus claims.
While fewer than two dozen people have been arrested so far, authorities have said they suspect that hundreds of other workers pulled similar stunts, inflating future pension costs for the commuter rail system's retirees by an estimated $1 billion.
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