Disability fraud ring cost taxpayers $400 million
File this one under “How could they not know?” The “they” in this story is the Social Security Administration, which paid an estimated $400 million to 100 former New York City cops and firefighters filing fraudulent disability claims.
Over half of the defendants allegedly scored disability payments by claiming to have suffered psychiatric injuries due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 Americans.
The scheme, dating back to at least 1988, involved four facilitators coaching hundreds of disability applicants on how to bag taxpayer-funded Social Security disability benefits in exchange for kickbacks ranging from $20,000 to $50,000,: reports: the: Wall Street Journal.
In other words, government “facilitators” were behind this–and managed to get away with it for at least 25 years. And private citizens were bilked of $400 million. Unbelievable.
And we trust government employees to run the health care system?
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