NYC police officers and firefighters accused of scam to receive SSDI

A group of NYC police officers and firefighters are being prosecuted for allegedly scamming the system to receive disability pay from the Social Security Administration. Prosecutors say the accused officers have been receiving full social security disability pay, averaging about $50,000 a year, many claiming that trauma and PTSD from the events of 9/11 left them too incapacitated to work or even leave their homes. However, prosecutors claim that the accused were coached on how to act when being considered for disability pay. They also cite pictures found on Facebook pages and other sources, of the accused involved in activities such as motorcycling, martial arts, golfing, and fishing, as evidence of the fraud.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.