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Former LIRR conductor sentenced in disability scam

February 14, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Long Island Rail Road conductor has been sentenced to 33 months in prison.

The sentencing Friday in federal court in Manhattan is the latest resolution of a widespread scandal involving LIRR retirees receiving undeserved disability payments.

Newsday ( ) reports that 62-year-old Thomas Coscetta of Southold pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and fraud charges. Prosecutors say he claimed $307,000 in disability benefits despite participating in bowling, competitive shooting and working as a funeral home pallbearer.

Prosecutors and the judge said claimed on his disability application that he couldn't even grip a pen. He then began working as a pallbearer and continued his recreational shooting after his retirement.

Prosecutors say he also threatened a witness in the case.

So far, 32 doctors, consultants, retirees and others have been convicted.


Information from: Newsday,



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