Former Long Island prosecutor and FBI agent Raymond Lavallee, John Minerva, a consultant with the Detectives Endowment Association, and two others, turned themselves into the NYPD to face charges of first-degree grand larceny, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, for their roles in a Social Security scam in which NYPD officers and firefighters received millions in fraudulent claims.
The defendants faked stress-related illnesses to collect the funds. Joseph Esposito and Glenn Lieberman are also among those surrendering to authorities.
At least two doctors and a number of co-conspirators who steered patients to the doctors are also among the scammers. The NY Daily News reports the authorities said the doctors and the co-conspirators received a kickback on every patient diagnosed with stress-related illness.
A probe was launched by the District Attorney’s office after Social Security officials noticed a series of similar diagnoses appearing. The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau also joined the probe and discovered the retired officers who participated in the scam.
The other suspects in the indictment are being charged with second-degree grand larceny and criminal facilitation.