Lawfuel.com – The Law Newswire – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that PETER J. AJEMIAN, a Board-certified orthopedist, pled guilty to charges related to the alleged massive fraud scheme in which Long Island Railroad (“LIRR”) workers claimed to be disabled upon early retirement so that they could receive disability benefits to which they were not entitled.
As described in the Complaint, between the late 1990s and 2008, AJEMIAN recommended that at least 734 retiring LIRR employees receive disability benefits, and was responsible for treating nearly half of all LIRR employees who retired and received disability benefits in one four-year period. AJEMIAN pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero. Three additional LIRR retirees, KARL BRITTEL, GREGORY BIANCHINI, and BRIAN DELGIORNO, also pled guilty to charges related to their participation in the LIRR fraud scheme this week.
BRITTEL pled guilty before Judge Marrero today; BIANCHINI pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox on January 16, 2013; and DELGIORNO pled guilty before Judge Fox on January 17, 2013. Of the 32 defendants charged, 21 have now pled guilty.