Report: Most '10 NY rail retirees got disabled pay

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2011 5:04 PM
Report: Most '10 NY rail retirees got disabled pay

A new report says more than half the Long Island Rail Road workers who retired last year claimed they were disabled on the job and were thereby entitled to a bigger pension.

The New York Times reports ( that nearly all those claims were approved. That rate is much higher than in any other U.S. railroad system.

Federal prosecutors charged 11 people on Thursday with conspiracy in a decadelong fraud that authorities say poisoned the pension system used by employees of the nation's largest commuter railroad. Authorities say some employees paid off doctors to say they couldn't work.

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The FBI says the fraud could cost more than $1 billion.

The investigation was opened after The Times reported in 2008 that almost all LIRR workers were being declared disabled upon retirement.


Information from: The New York Times,