Dozens of former New York police and firemen in 9/11 disability fraud

Dozens of former New York police and firemen in 9/11 disability fraudDozens of US former emergency service workers have been arrested in a sweeping fraud investigation involving federal disability benefits, New York authorities say.

Prosecutors say 72 police officers, eight firefighters and five corrections officers are among those charged.

Some reportedly falsely claimed disabling conditions arising from the 11 September 2001 attacks.

The fraud is believed to have cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The brazenness is shocking,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said on Tuesday.

“Many participants cynically manufactured claims of mental illness as a result of September 11, dishonouring the first responders who did serve their city at the expense of their own health and safety,” he added.

Source: BBC

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