More than 100 people have been charged in a Social Security fraud scheme that has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, new York prosecutors said Tuesday.
Among those indicted were 80 retired New York City police officers and firefighters, the New York Times reported.
Prosecutors say a long list of defendants and claims added up fast – in all, cashing $21.5 million in checks. In the meantime, Congress has been pressing the Social Security Administration to tighten the process and prevent costly fraud cases.
In this indictment, photos of the so-called “unfit” training for marathons or playing softball for the NYPD “Blues” might intensify that push for more oversight – especially due to using 9/11 as the reason for disability.
Prosecutors think the organizers may have run similar schemes for 26 years, involving as many as 1,000 people and $400 million in wrongly claimed money.
Arrests in the sweeping case began early Tuesday morning, and arraignments are expected to begin Tuesday.