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Less Than Ground Zero: NYC police and firemen pilfer $400 million from taxpayer in bogus 9/11 claims

21st Century Wire says…

New York’s finest. Many first responders put their lives on the line on 9/11, and were recognized for their sacrifice and for saving lives at Ground Zero on the day. For others, that simply wasn’t enough…

All police and firefighters were deemed unequivocally to be ‘national heroes’ following the fateful September 11, 2001 event in New York City. To question this was considered an act of heresy akin to treason, and it seems than more than a few of these ‘heroes’ took full advantage of that situation…

More lies and fortunes, built on top of other lies and fortunes, built on top of an official story that no one can prove actually happened. How fitting.

Read the full report below on America’s latest shame…



Nearly 30 retired New York City firefighters and police officers have been arrested for falsely claiming Social Security benefits in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Already, more than 100 retired firefighters and police officers had been arrested in January as a result of a wide-ranging pension fraud investigation. Retirees allegedly lied about their mental and physical abilities in order to qualify for Social Security benefits they would not have received otherwise.

Of the 106 originally arrested, 80 are believed to have claimed to suffer from severe mental and emotional trauma at Ground Zero on September 11, even though some of them were never at the scene.

Now, Reuters is reporting that 28 more retirees have been arrested on similar disability fraud charges – 16 former police officers, four firefighters, and a New York City Department of Corrections worker.

“The idea that many of them chose the events of 9/11 to claim as the basis for their disability brings further dishonor to themselves,” New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, according to the news service.

More than 130 city employees have been arrested during the investigation so far, though it’s possible more are to come. Investigators believe that up to $400 million in taxpayer funds could have been stolen.

According to the New York Post, many of the retirees claimed they couldn’t sleep, work, drive a car, or even leave their homes as a result of their disabilities, only for investigators to find they were flying helicopters, riding on jet skis, leading martial arts classes, and more. Some former officers claimed mental handicaps even while holding gun permits.

“That’s about as inconsistent with being disabled and unable to perform physical or mental chores as you can get,’’ said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to the newspaper.

Investigators also claimed that four of the people involved were coaching retirees on how to qualify for disability benefits. In exchange, these ringleaders allegedly received kickbacks to the tune of 14 monthly Social Security checks per person they successfully enrolled into the program.

“As a New Yorker and as a US citizen, I can only express disgust at the actions of the individuals involved in this scheme, particularly the 72 former members of the New York City Police Department who have certainly disgraced themselves, embarrassed their families with their abuse of this system,” Bratton said during a press conference in January.

Lawyers for the alleged ringleaders, however, stated their clients were innocent.

READ MORE 9/11 NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire 9/11 Files



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  • cjkw67

    omg, if this is true they should be shot

  • David&Goliath

    These are not representative of most police officer who are honest, dedicated and give their lives for the community. These are quasi Italian mobsters, police or no. They should seize their bank accounts and force the sale of their homes and get the money back, and go to prison for a minimum of 10 years, then elegible for parole.

  • InThePendant

    But it must be indeed stressful, to live under such lies… knowing 9/11 an inside job… saying nothing… trying to arrest no one… being thus as Criminals as any other they lock up… as all ame-rica-nos
    Mind incarcerated, heartless, and Dishonourable Cowards, who set-up all those lies for a World Wide Murder and Pillage Rampage…

    • davecad

      it must be hard for them knowing they had friends who died because of 9/11 and then not being able to do anything about it because they now know what we know that it was a false flag operation . and the people responsible seem to be above the law ..

  • jeannonkralj

    “Investigators also claimed that four of the people involved were
    coaching retirees on how to qualify for disability benefits. In
    exchange, these ringleaders allegedly received kickbacks to the tune of
    14 monthly Social Security checks per person they successfully enrolled
    into the program.”

    When the term “ringleader” is used, it implies some organization. It
    implies that the persons already retired and who had received Social
    Security Disability got together and formed a little scam group to milk the system and the persons who took coaching from them,

    WHO allegedly paid the money of kickbacks to the four coaches.

    “to the tune of 14 monthly Social Security checks per person they successfully enrolled into the program” means exactly what?

    A coach was paid an AMOUNT of money in kickback equivalent to 14 of the monthly Social Security checks the person they got enrolled or qualified was to get on each of their checks? I presume the money came out of the pocket of the new enrollee, though the article makes it sound almost like it was the SS administration.

    I do not think this can best be described as an Italian mob type scam program.
    NYC cops and firemen live in a city where corruption is the
    norm. Every city employee is on the take in some way. While NYC is
    particularly corrupt, city employees have been corrupt all across the
    USA, even relatively small cities.
    (I did notice NYC fire dept. employees did seem to be mostly Italian. That looks rather corrupt in and of itself.)

    Lastly, was the SS Administration so asleep at the wheel that they let this scam go on to the tune of four hundred million dollars? No, these federal employees must also have been in on the scam to some extent to.

  • ivan67702000@yahoo.com

    Thieves are now arresting Thieves. What a Country,

  • davecad

    what a terrible report 9/11 was a false flag terrorist attack and that should never be forgotten . the official story is now accepted as a load of rubbish . let us never forget this and people should keep reporting on this not the fact that police officers or fireman are making false claims for money .how much money was made by the people who were involved in the attack . the information is out there if you look the owner of the buildings made billions from his insurance claims alone .

  • isnamthere

    Why not? Silverstein and many others raked it in off of this attack so why shouldn’t the little guys get a piece of the action too? It’s all organized crime anyway.

  • Defiant

    Hmmm…crooked first responders? NO! I refuse to believe it…OK! OK! Don’t taze me, bro! TAKE the money!!

  • George Reichel

    9/11 needs investigation