NEW YORK (WKOW) -- More than 100 retired New York firefighters, police officers and prison guards are accused of cashing in on an American tragedy.
The former law enforcement officers were charged Tuesday for falsely claiming to be suffering from depression and anxiety as a result of 9/11.
"This fraud not only forced federal taxpayers to finance the lifestyles of New York scammers," said Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance. "It also took away, importantly, the already limited resources we have for people who actually suffered from psychiatric disabilities."
Prosecutors claim the officers were coached to appear disoriented in psychological evaluations. They say some received payouts as high as $500,000.
There is anger among the families of the heroes who died on 9/11, like George Siller who lost his brother Stephen, a firefighter.
"The firefighters and the police that I know were digging on a pile right after 9/11 to rescue and then to recover and many are dying today from the cancer," Siller said. "It puts a mark against people like that who are so dedicated and truly represent what fire and police are."
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