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LIRR Retiree Pleads Guilty to Disability Scam

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LIRR commuters arrive at Penn Station early Wednesday morning (Jim O'Grady)

A Long Island Rail Road retiree has pleaded guilty for his role in a massive disability scam.

Gary Satin, 63, faces a maximum of five years in prison on each count of conspiracy and perjury. He'll also have to pay back about $247,000.

Federal prosecutors say Satin is one of several LIRR employees who took part in a long-running scheme in which nearly every worker who applied for a disability pension upon their early retirement got it.

A 2011 study by the General Accounting Office found LIRR workers got disability pensions at a rate 12 times higher than workers at other railroads.

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