NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan has urged retired city employees who were called to active military service since Sept. 11, 2001 to come forward as he investigates employee pension calculations.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has broadened the scope of his investigation into what he called the illegal calculation of pensionable earnings.

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WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

Bharara sued the city on behalf of three retired NYPD officers and others who served in the military after 9/11 on the grounds that they were short-changed by the city in their pensions.

The city calculates pensions solely on base pay, not on overtime earned in the year prior to deployment.

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Bharara said that is a violation of the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

The officers suing said there should be an adjustment made to the calculations so their pensions are based on the total time they worked in the year before they were deployed.

The city law department has defended its pension calculation methods as fair to all employees.

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