Former police officers and firefighters were among the nearly 30 defendants arrested Tuesday, accused of claiming Social Security disability payments when they were still able to work.
Disability checks continue to be processed but Conn. VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz said if the government shutdown continues into next month, the checks could be stalled.
The retired Hamilton police officer is on disability for a leg injury. He earned $70,000 in disability pension last year.
A Port Authority police officer claimed that he couldn’t report to his beat because of an arm injury, when he was really flailing and thrashing about onstage with his punk rock band, federal authorities said.
The retirees are accused of faking injuries to qualify for extra disability pension pay. Tuesday arrests came following 11 last October, including doctors who allegedly helped retirees game the system and former LIRR workers who claimed crippling injuries.
Federal prosecutors charged 11 people on Thursday with conspiracy in a decade-long fraud that authorities say poisoned the pension system used by employees of the nation’s largest commuter railroad.