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11 charged in NY rail pension probe

11 charged, including doctors, in Long Island Rail Road pension fraud investigation in NY By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Authorities in New York say 11 people ' including two orthopedists ' face federal charges in a long-running investigation of alleged fraud in the Long Island Rail Road's pension system.

A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in Manhattan says a retired LIRR engineering manager often played tennis and golf while collecting about $105,000 a year in combined pension and disability payments.

The defendants were expected in court Thursday.

In 2009, an investigative arm of Congress found that the system approved nearly 100 percent of claims filed by retired LIRR workers ' a rate much higher than other commuter railroads.

A 2008 New York Times investigation prompted several criminal investigations.

LIRR President Helena Williams has said a federal agency acted as a rubber stamp without consulting the railroad.

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