13 city employees charged with insurance fraud

Thirteen city employees from Brooklyn and Queens, including members of the NYPD and FDNY, are accused of stealing more than a half-million dollars in insurance fraud schemes.



The Department of Investigation, the attorney general's office and the Department of Financial Services say the city workers committed insurance fraud against Aflac by signing up for disability insurance, falsifying claims and forging signatures of supervisors and doctors.



The investigation started after a tipster told investigators that a city EMS worker left a disability claim form with a forged signature on a copier. That led investigators to a wider probe of the city workers.



According to the lengthy investigation, no city funds were stolen, but the NYPD and FDNY are required to notify the DOI of any further suspected fraud.



Each defendant is accused of one count of grand larceny and one count of insurance fraud for alleged thefts ranging from $3,000 to more than $100,000. If convicted, each defendant could face from seven to 15 years in prison.



News 12 is told that more arrests are expected in the coming days.


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