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2 plead guilty in LIRR disability case

September 24, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two more Long Island Rail Road retirees have pleaded guilty to disability fraud as their trial was about to start.

Former conductor Thomas Coscetta and dispatcher Kevin Neville pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the federal Railroad Retirement Board.

They had faced up to 20 years in prison.

More than 30 doctors, retirees and facilitators have been charged in the fraud investigation. Most have pleaded guilty to a massive scheme to help LIRR employees receive disability payments by exaggerating or making up ailments.

Coscetta agreed to forfeit $307,000 in fraudulent disability benefits as part of his plea agreement. He faces 27-to-33 months in prison.

Neville agreed to forfeit $211,000 as part of his plea deal. He could get 21-to-27 months in prison.

 
 

 

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