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Law on their side: Raymond Lavallee, 83, was one of those two lawyers who then helped process the legal papers which allowed the schemers to get on average between $30,000 and $50,000 per year- with a nice cut for each of the ringleaders.  NYDN.

Law on their side: Raymond Lavallee, 83, was one of those two lawyers who then helped process the legal papers which allowed the schemers to get on average between $30,000 and $50,000 per year- with a nice cut for each of the ringleaders. NYDN.

In the cesspool known as New York City, more than 100 first responders, second responders and correction officers who either worked at Ground Zero during the recovery and cleanup process or were on the scene during the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center have been busted for faking mental and psychiatric illnesses in order to collect Social Security disability payments.

Moving up north: Unlike many of the fraudsters who retired to Florida, Rich Cosentino moved to New Hampshire, but that doesn't put him out of the scope of the Manhattan District Attorney. Cosentino collected a total of $207639 since May 2008.

Moving up north: Unlike many of the fraudsters who retired to Florida, Rich Cosentino moved to New Hampshire, but that doesn’t put him out of the scope of the Manhattan District Attorney. Cosentino collected a total of $207639 since May 2008.

Tuesday’s arrests are expected to the first of more to come.  In a scam dating back to 2008, those accused bilked taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars in disability benefits under the guise that they were so screwed up from the terror of the September 11th attack and/or illnesses contracted due to the cleanup at Ground Zero that they could no longer hold a job.

In order to qualify for disability, responders had to retire (full-time).  It is alleged that while collecting the monthly disability payment, the accusers held a second job….

Continue Reading – 100 Plus Former First, Second Responders Busted in September 11th Disability Scam