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Final Extension of Voluntary Disclosure and Disposition Program Also Announced
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Martin J. Dickman, Inspector General of the Railroad Retirement Board (“RRB-OIG”), Mary E. Galligan, Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Barry L. Kluger, Inspector General of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA-OIG”), announced charges today against 10 additional participants in a massive fraud scheme in which Long Island Railroad (“LIRR”) workers allegedly claimed to be disabled upon early retirement so that they could receive disability benefits to which they were not entitled.
All 10 individuals – FREDERICK P. CATALANO, JR., THOMAS COSCETTA, MICHAEL COSTANZA, DANIEL R. DENIS, STEVEN DESTEFANO, JAMES M. MAHER, WILLIAM J. MCALEAVEY, KEVIN NEVILLE, CHRISTOPHER P. PARLANTE, and JAMES REISER – are LIRR retirees. DESTEFANO pled guilty before U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels to multiple charges relating to the fraud on September 4, 2012. To date, 32 defendants have been charged in connection with the alleged scheme.
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