Manhattan - (WALK) Two more former Long Island Rail Road employees convicted in the massive disabilities-pension scandal will avoid prison.
Thomas Delalla, 55, of West Islip, a former train car repairman, and Brian Delgiorno, 56, of Howard Beach, a repairman-welder, were both sentenced Friday to serve three months home confinement and three years probation. Delalla was ordered to repay $156,742; Delgiorno was ordered to repay $160,470, fraudulently claimed from the federal Railroad Retirement Board.
A federal judge says the two men cooperated with prosecutors in their investigation of the massive abuse of the disabilities pension system: Delalla had faced up to 41 months in prison and Delgiorno faced up to 27 months.
So far 28 defendants including former railroad employees, doctors and medical workers have pleaded guilty, five were convicted after trials. Federal officials say phony disability claims cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.