(CNN) — More than 100 retired New York City police and firefighters have been indicted in connection with a disability scam involving hundreds of thousands of dollars — with more than half the recipients receiving fraudulent funds from 9/11 post-traumatic stress disorder disability claims, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The alleged scam went on for more than two decades, with law enforcement officers and firefighters coached on how to behave to doctors in order to qualify for full disability, according to the official.
The individuals received $50,000 a year on average because, they claimed, they were no longer able to work, according to the source. Many of the claims allegedly involved work-related trauma caused by the 9/11 terror attacks.
Some of those charged went on to do other jobs, including teaching martial arts, even though the full disability they received involved a diagnosis that they were so traumatized they were incapable of performing any kind of work, the official added.
By Susan Candiotti