NYC Uncovers Pension Fraud Involving Dead Workers

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/AP) — New York City has uncovered at least 14 instances of pension fraud totaling $500,000 — money that had been intended for dead city employees.

That’s according to City Comptroller John Liu, whose office cross-checked pension payments with death records from 2007-2009.

A study announced Monday found 14 cases in which a dead retiree’s pensions checks had been cashed or continued to be deposited in the dead retiree’s account.

In one case, someone cashed 38 checks worth $140,000 using the driver’s license of a pensioner who died in 2007, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks on the possible pension fraud

When the license expired in 2010, it was renewed and the person or persons continued to cash the dead retiree’s checks.

The case has been referred to the city’s Department of Investigation, which, along with the comptroller’s office will hold a conference Tuesday to help city auditors root out fraud in tight fiscal times, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond on the possible pension fund scheme

“My office will continue to look for places where there could be possible waste and fraud and whenever necessary we will refer to agencies like the Department of Investigations or even the District Attorney,” Liu said, “we cannot afford to waste money for any reason.”

(The Associated Press Contributed to this report.)


One Comment

  1. Richard Rasheed Soetan says:

    I’m hereby reporting a Paternity, Pension & SSI Fraud
    On the 22 of August 1994, Marea Allergra Barsky, conceived a Daughter for me ,the true Biological Father , concealed the child from me for many years , subsequently ascribed her child to Chris Mims the former NFL Linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. Commenced into receiving Child Support from him in the amount of $6000 every month for about 10years. Chris Mims later contested him being the true biological father of Marea Barsky’s child. Within that time he stopped paying child support and passed in 2008 without resolving the issue. Marea Barsky continued to receive Pension and SSI knowing he not the father , so far she has deceitfully managed to get $850,000 and get about $5000 every month, while refusing me a DNA result because she knows what the result will reveal. She is a Family Lawyer and is Fraudulent as well
    I need someone to shed light on this case for me, so I can see my daughter.

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