Posting photos and short anecdotes onto social media sites can be a fun way to stay in touch with friends and families. However, if the posts show a person who receives Social Security disability benefits engaging in a physically demanding activity, it could also get that person in touch with New York district attorneys. That is exactly what happened recently for more than 130 people arrested and accused of fraud for falsely claiming Social Security Disability Insurance along with their pensions. Over 90 of those arrested were former New York police officers and firefighters.
The defendants are being charged with grand larceny for receiving up to $50,000 annually in disability payments. Some of the accused have been claiming the benefits for nearly a decade. They allegedly faked symptoms of depression and other mental health problems to qualify for the disability payments. Some even claimed that trauma from the 9/11 events in 2001 led to their problems.