NBC New York: One police officer who claimed he was mentally disabled was allegedly working as a martial arts instructor, officials said. Another who claimed he could not work was allegedly flying helicopters. One got benefits because of a fear of crowds and yet was found to be selling cannolis in Little Italy during the Feast of San Gennaro festival that brings more than a million people to the neighborhood. And another went on to allegedly run a private security company.
Many also allegedly claimed to be affected by their efforts on 9/11, yet investigators found many were not even near ground zero that day. All allegedly got help gaming the system from the same two lawyers and two former police officers who allegedly took cash payments. Investigators said one of the attorneys who allegedly helped run the scheme is Raymond Lavallee, who worked as an FBI agent in the 1950s and ’60s. Calls to Lavallee’s home and law office were not returned Monday. The criminal charges expected to be announced Tuesday will include 106 people in all.