More than 100 retired NYC cops and firefighters are set to be arrested for scamming 9/11 disability plans by falsely claiming to be suffering from anxiety and depression. The massive 9/11 scam resulted in fraud charges against all the cops and firefighters once labeled as heroes, who lied about suffering mental and physical injuries in order to receive massive Social Security checks worth up to $500,000 each. The alleged fraud cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in improper Social Security benefits.
The two-year investigation resulted in prosecutors obtaining recorded phone calls of some of the officers being coached on how to behave in front of a medical board. However, these same officers were also photographed performing martial arts or jet skiing, which would have been impossible with the physical ailments they had described. Many of the officers were also caught working after retirement, another violation of disability benefits.
“The retired members of the NYPD indicted in this case have disgraced all first responders who perished during the search and rescue efforts on Sept. 11, 2001,” said police commissioner William Bratton. Twenty-three NYPD officers and 343 city firefighters lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.
However, this isn’t the first 9/11 scam to make headlines this week. Yesterday, two men from New Jersey pleaded guilty to keeping all of the $50,000 they raised for a 9/11 charity that helped families who lost loved ones in the tragedy.