28 more arrests in New York disability-fraud case

February 25
NEW YORK
28 more arrests in disability-fraud case

Authorities in New York City arrested 28 more suspects Tuesday on disability fraud charges tied to a Sept. 11 pension fraud.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. brought charges against the initial 106 defendants last month. The new allegations are similar: faking psychiatric problems to get Social Security disability benefits. Prosecutors say many recipients were advised to invoke 9/11.

Those arrested Tuesday were released without bail after pleading not guilty to grand larceny and other charges.

— From news services

PENNSYLVANIA
Ex-police chief gets 18 months in prison

A former Pittsburgh police chief was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, with a federal judge saying she was sending a message that the seriousness of his crimes outweighed his supporters’ calls for leniency.

Nathan Harper, 61, also was ordered to repay the $31,986 that he spent on himself, including meals and drink tabs at restaurants and bars.

Harper resigned last February and in March was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and failing to file tax returns between 2008 and 2011, when much of the money was misappropriated.

Harper never denied wrongdoing, though his attorneys say that he was ordered to start the slush fund by someone they refused to name.

— Associated Press

Calif. couple finds gold coins buried under tree: A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of the Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which authenticated them.

— Associated Press

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