Feds: 11 charged in LIRR disability scheme

Joseph Rutigliano, a retired LIRR employee, exits federal

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Joseph Rutigliano, a retired LIRR employee, exits federal court in Manhattan. Rutigliano was one of 10 people arrested by federal agents in connection with a $300 million scheme to defraud the Long Island Rail Road on disability claims. (Oct. 27, 2011) (Credit: Patrick McCarthy)

Federal prosecutors yesterday outlined a massive decadelong scheme to collect on hundreds of phony Long Island Rail Road disability claims worth as much as $1 billion and lodged criminal charges against two Long Island doctors and seven former transit workers.

Although only seven former LIRR employees were charged, the FBI said the investigation was continuing and warned the disability payments...

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