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5-Year Sentence for Fed. in Railroad Disabilities-Pension Scam

5-Year Sentence for Fed. in Railroad Disabilities-Pension Scam

New York - (WALK) A former supervisor for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board has received the toughest sentence so far in the on-going Long Island Rail Road disabilities pension scandal.

Marie Baran, 66, of East Meadow, who one served in the Westbury office of the federal Railroad Retirement Board, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday.  She was convicted for her role in helping dozens of LIRR retirees file fraudulent disabilities applications in return for thousands of dollars.

Prosecutors say Baron launched a career in crime after leaving the retirement board as a consultant, filling in disability-pension request forms for applicants and charging as much as $1,200 for her services.

33 doctors, consultants and former LIRR employees are convicted in the scandal.  13 were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, in some cases for as much as $300,000.

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