NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former Long Island Rail Road conductor was sentenced this week to eight years in prison, after being convicted of playing a role in a massive disability fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero handed down the prison term to Joseph Rutigliano, 66, on Friday.

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Rutigliano, of Holtsville, was convicted in August of scheming to help LIRR employees receive disability payments by exaggerating or making up ailments.

Prosecutors said Rutigliano was a consultant who made hundreds of thousands of dollars orchestrating phony claims for hundreds of LIRR workers. They said he pocketed $409,000 benefits by claiming it was hard to grip a pen — but became a regular golfer in retirement.

His lawyer said Rutigliano was “railroaded” and said he’d appeal.

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Dozens of others have pleaded guilty in the case.

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