8 Years For Doctor In LIRR Disability Fraud Scheme
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island doctor was sentenced to eight years in prison this week for his part in a massive scheme enabling Long Island Rail Road workers to collect disability fraudulently.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Dr. Peter Ajemian, an orthopedist with a practice in Rockville Centre, pleaded guilty in January to taking part in the scheme.
Ajemian was responsible for nearly half of all fraudulent disability claims filed by railroad workers.
He admitted to helping at least 734 employees falsely claim they were unable to work, in order to collect disability pensions from the Federal Railroad Retirement Board on top of their LIRR pensions.
The doctor would charge up to $1,200 for each false medical assessment, while also collecting millions of dollars in health insurance payments.
Ajemian admitted that if the fraud had not been discovered, the losses to the pension systems would have totaled $200 million.
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