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11 charged in Long Island Rail Road pension fraud case that could cost more than $1 billion
NEW YORK (AP) ' The head of New York's FBI office says scores of Long Island Rail Road employees may have cheated their way to big pensions as part of a massive fraud.
Assistant Director in Charge Janice Fedarcyk (fehd-AR'-chihk) said Thursday in prepared remarks that the fraud could cost more than a billion dollars.
In announcing charges against 11 people, including two doctors, she called it a "game where every retiree was a winner."
FBI Agent in charge Diego Rodriguez says the defendants conspired to rip off the federal Rail Road Retirement Board disability pension program. He notes that in 2007 alone, more than 84 percent of Long Island Rail Road retirees sought and received disability pay.
The LIRR has said the federal board acted as a rubber stamp without consulting the railroad.