NEW YORK, NY – They are the ones appointed to uphold the law and keep us safe. But now former police officers and firefighters are among those charged with cheating, scamming and exploiting the attacks of 9/11.
Authorities say it was a network. Retired workers (with the help of a few doctors and lawyers) allegedly lied about having post-traumatic stress. Authorities say many attributed the condition to September 11th filing claims that the stress was too severe to continue to work.
While many who were at the World Trade Center do have debilitating stress, officials in New York say that doesn’t apply to those who have been arrested. Many were allegedly caught working at other jobs.
Officials say the suspects received between $20,000 and $50,000 a year. The scheme is believed to have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Over 100 suspects have been arrested. More may come.