Many argue that disability insurance fraud has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Well today, a few hundred disability insurance rorters have been busted in New York City and will no longer be rorting the system
Prosecutors in New York City have announced that as much as $400 million may be getting rorted from the social security disability insurance dating back to 1988.
Some of the rorters have stories that are hard to believe. One person claimed to have a debilitating neck injury but was filmed taking part in a karate instructional video, where he is seen jumping around acrobatically. That particular individual is accused of stealing nearly $500’000 from disability insurance over the past decade.
Others received a few hundred thousand dollars claiming to be too depressed to go outside until they were spotted in photographs deep sea fishing and riding jet skis.
In a revelation that will repulse many people – a number of the people busted for rorting from the insurance funds claimed 911 was the source of their psychological issues.
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said: “As a New Yorker, as a U.S. citizen, I can only express disgust at the actions of the individuals involved in this scheme”
There were a number of ring leaders involved in the rorting and who instructed other people on how to trick physiological and psychiatric tests. The alleged ring leaders were police officers and even a former FBI agent.
Disability rorters cost the insurance industry and governments millions of dollars every year, and also lead to higher insurance premiums for everyone.