In New York City, authorities are investigating as many as 100 former city workers for allegedly collecting disability pensions despite being apparently healthy, performing rigorous physical tasks or working other jobs.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office collaborated with the New York Police Department, the city's Department of Investigation and federal Social Security investigators in conducting a major disability fraud investigation targeting former city employees. The task force claims it found that some former employees were collecting benefits even though they were in good physical condition, an action which they claim constitutes fraud. According to the authorities, more than 100 former city employees were investigated, and many of them will face charges once the investigation has run its course.
According to investigators, most of those suspected of fraud continue to draw disability benefits.
Fraudulent acts such as money laundering, racketeering, embezzlement and conspiracy are all considered white-collar crimes. In most cases, a person who is accused of such a crime will face felony charges, which can lead to incarceration, fines and other penalties.
In this case, many former employees face the possibility of felony charges. If and when charges are pressed, the accused will have the right to defend themselves from damaging allegations by establishing a strong defense, presenting witnesses and evidence in their own behalf, and cross-examining the prosecution's witnesses. To effectively prove the fraud allegations, the prosecution must present documents and other vital information that can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced criminal defense attorney can scrutinize the prosecution's case and highlight weaknesses that will help establish reasonable doubt.
Source: Nbcnewyork.com, "I-Team: Disability fraud investigation centers on former city workers," Jonathan Dienst, Jan. 4, 2014