New York - (WALK) A former Long Island Rail Road manager who lied on his disability pension application is truly lucky.
Donald Alevas, 54, of Patchogue was avoided a prison term Tuesday, and was instead sentenced to probation. Alevas is the third of 33 defendents convicted in the long-time scheme, and just the third sentenced to probation.
Alevas was a former director of shop equipment planning for the LIRR. He reportedly had a legitimate disability, a hearing impairment, but he broke the law by claiming orthopedic problems, including a herniated disc.
The LIRR acknowledged Alevas had agreed to give up 15 percent of his pension, approximately $5,000 per year. The decision reportedly influenced U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood to be lenient. She determined there should be some consequence for his actions, but Alevas should not be incarcerated.