Category Archives: LIRR Scandal

Billion Dollar LIRR Disability Scandal Bags 10 More

Ten Long Island Railroad veterans face federal fraud charges stemming from the full blown scandal that has seen railroad workers collect disability pensions despite what is often a lack of disability. Prosecutors called it a “massive fraud scheme,” according to … Continue reading

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TRAINJOTTING TURNS 5: Greed

Each day this week, to commemorate our fifth birthday, Trainjotting is publishing memorable posts from the past, grouped under a specific Seven Deadly Sin. Today’s sin is Greed. Previously ran September 28, and was based on the front page NY … Continue reading

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Eleven Charged in ‘Enormous’ LIRR Disability Scheme

Eleven people were charged yesterday in what the NY Times calls an “enormous” fraud scheme in which it became normal for Long Island Railroad workers to claim disability, often regardless of, ya know, actual disabilities, and qualify for lucrative benefits. … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe Remembers When LIRR Guys Made Money the Old-Fashioned Way

Old-School Disability There used to be a break room at Penn Station somewhere between track 15 and track 18, back before it was upgraded to a “modern” station. My grandfather worked as a conductor for the LIRR starting in the … Continue reading

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Cuomo Closes LIRR Disability Investigation

A year and a half after a giant NY Times investigative report on extraordinarily high disability claims among retiring LIRR employees, the New York attorney general has closed its investigation, reports the Times. Andrew Cuomo issued 108 subpoenas related to … Continue reading

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LIRR Disability Coach Kreuder Cleared of Most Charges

Frederick Kreuder, charged with taking money from LIRR employees to help them get lucrative disability benefits, was cleared of most, not all, charges by a Long Island judge Friday. Kreuder reportedly got $1,000 for his services, which the NY Times … Continue reading

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“Disabled” LIRR Workers Still High on the Hog

Just over a year since the NY Times’ landmark investigative report on rampant disability fraud among career Long Island Railroad employees, the Times reports that close to 100% of all L.I.R.R. disability claims are still approved. So blatant was the misuse of … Continue reading

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Horten Hears a Huh?

When Long Island-area’s lifelong train employees retire, some head straight for the golf course for a free round afforded all disabled–and “disabled”–workers. Career train guys in other parts of the world seem to have a tougher time occupying themselves once … Continue reading

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The Limping Conductor and the LIRR Disability Scam

I was on the 6:33 heading toward Hummerville last night. Our ticket-taker had the typical Metro-North conductor’s Irish-by-way-of-Brooklyn mug. He also had a pronounced limp–the sort of lurching gait associated with some sort of fairly serious ailment. I don’t know … Continue reading

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‘Middle-Class Moronism’ Still Plagues LIRR

Amidst all the coverage the New York Times has given the Long Island Railroad disability claim scandal, I believe today is the first time the paper has given the story front-page, middle of the page, big ol’ photo treatment. “The Railroad … Continue reading

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