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2014-01-14    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Though the former New York City police officers and firefighters were supposed to be fully disabled -- some suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- images in court documents released Tuesday painted a starkly different picture. One man smiled behind shades and flipped the bird aboard a Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Another sat at the controls of a helicopter. A mixed martial arts instructor posed with arms crossed. They're seen riding motorcycles, hauling in massive sailfish, slugging softballs for the "NYPD Blues," taking jump shots, running half marathons and golfing, and even giving television news interviews while selling cannoli at Manhattan's famed San Genaro festival.

据美国媒体1月7日报道,纽约市多名警察和消防员涉嫌谎称因“9·11”恐怖袭击而患上创伤后应激障碍(PTSD),以骗取数亿美元的政府补助。 美国当局称,这些多半已经退休的纽约市警察和消防员在他人协助下伪造相关文件,以“证明”其因参与“9·11”事件救援工作而患病,从而骗取政府补助。

They are among the more than 100 retired New York City police and firefighters indicted in a massive Social Security disability scam involving hundreds of millions of dollars, authorities said. More than half the recipients received funds for fraudulent claims for PTSD in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center. "We will chase down every penny that these dishonorable thieves fraudulently pilfered so that the truly heroic firefighters, police officers, medics, and civilians who actually risked their lives on September 11, 2001, and are now suffering because of it, can get the care that they critically need," said James T. Hayes, Jr., special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York.


The alleged scam spanned more than two decades, with law enforcement officers and firefighters coached on how to behave during doctor visits in order to qualify for full disability benefits, officials said. "As a New Yorker, as a U.S. citizen, I can only express disgust at the actions of these individuals involved in this scheme, particularly the 72 former members of the New York City Police Department who have certainly disgraced themselves, embarrassed their families, with their abuse of this system," Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. "The idea that many of them chose the events of 9/11 to claim as the basis of the disability brings further dishonor to themselves."


The defendants received up to $50,000 a year because, they claimed, they were no longer able to work, officials said. Many of the claims allegedly involved work-related trauma caused by the 9/11 terror attacks. The 9/11-related claims alone totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.


All the defendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

“无耻的小偷” 涉案人员获“骗保指导”

The main defendants were identified as Raymond Lavallee, 83, a lawyer and former FBI agent and Nassau County prosecutor; Thomas Hale, 89, a disability consultant; John Minerva, 61, a union official for the Detectives' Endowment Association; and Joseph Esposito, 64, a retired police officer. Lavallee also was chief of the rackets bureau in the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

此案的4名主要被告人分别为83岁的美国联邦调查局前特工兼律师雷蒙德·拉瓦莱、89岁的伤残保险顾问托马斯·黑尔、61岁的工会官员约翰·密涅瓦以及64岁的退休警察约瑟夫·埃斯波西托。 检方称,拉瓦莱等4人“指导并训练”102名次要被告人填写社保残障补助申请表,让他们谎称自己患上精神障碍以获利。据悉,涉案次要被告人获得“精心指导”,被告知如何“合理地”通不过记忆测试,如何穿衣打扮、如何待人接物骗过医生。几乎所有申请表上都写有类似的、描述日常生活的语句,例如“白天我睡不踏实、夜晚心里害怕”,“我必须一直开着电视才感觉不那么孤单”。此外,他们还被要求在银行取款时每次不超过1万美元,以免惹人怀疑。

Lawyers for Lavallee, Hale and Esposito said the three men deny the charges. Minerva's lawyer could not be reached. "It doesn't appear that anyone doubts that initially every single one of these 104 defendants was in fact disabled," said Esposito's lawyer, Brian Griffin. "It appears to be the extent of their disability that's in question."


Raymond Perini said his client, Lavallee, a Korean War vet who went to law school on the G.I. Bill, will regain his good name. "We're going to get that reputation back in court when he's found not guilty," he said. Prosecutors said the men allegedly directed and coached hundreds of Social Security Disability Insurance applicants, including many retirees of the NYPD and FDNY, to lie about psychiatric conditions in order to obtain benefits.


The charges include grand larceny in the first and second degrees, and attempted grand larceny in the second degree. The remaining 102 defendants, all recipients of Social Security disability benefits, were charged with grand larceny in the second degree and attempted grand larceny in the second degree.


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