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Update on massive SSD fraud case

We have previously written about the shocking and disturbing mass fraud case underway on the East Coast. The fraud case involves dozens of individuals who are alleged to either have applied and received Social Security Disability benefits fraudulently or to have aided individuals in doing so. What makes this story particularly upsetting is that many of the SSD recipients accused of fraud are former NYPD and FDNY heroes, many of whom served their city and their nation at Ground Zero in the wake of 9/11.

This story is also unique because SSD fraud is surprisingly rare. Even more rare are cases involving mass fraud, in which applicants, physicians and even attorneys are wrapped up in the scandal. Thankfully, not as many individuals are tied to the scandal as many previously supposed. Although more than 130 individuals have been charged in connection with this mass fraud scheme, the charges against eight defendants were dropped within the past few weeks.

Among those individuals whose charges have been dropped are several retired NYPD members, a former employee for the NYC Department of Sanitation and an elevator repairman. These individuals are almost certainly relieved that they are no longer facing serious charges, including grand larceny.

This recent development illustrates that simply because someone is charged with SSD fraud, this does not mean that that individual will be convicted of SSD fraud. With the aid of an experienced attorney, some individuals originally charged with fraud-related scheming will be cleared of these charges and left to resume their normal lives.

Source: New York Daily News, “Charges tossed against eight defendants wrapped up in massive Social Security disability scam case,” Shayna Jacobs, Aug. 21, 2014

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