Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "ABC News reports that more than 100 retired New York City cops, firefighters and correction officers have been charged with falsely claiming to be suffering from depression and anxiety as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. "The retired members of the NYP indicted in this case have disgraced all first responders who perished during the search and rescue efforts on Sept. 11, 2001," says Police Commissioner William Bratton. As part of the alleged scam law enforcement officers and firefighters were coached on how to behave during doctor visits in order to qualify for full disability benefits. They were taught how to fail memory tests and how to act like a person suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, prosecutors said. If they were claiming to be traumatized by 9/11, "they were instructed to say that they were afraid of planes or they were afraid of tall buildings," says Assistant District Attorney Christopher Santora. The defendants received up to $50,000 a year because, they claimed, they were no longer able to work but some of those charged went on to hold other jobs, including teaching martial arts, even though the full disability they received involved a diagnosis that they were so traumatized they were incapable of performing any kind of work. The leaders of the scheme allegedly collected one-time cash payments based on the monthly disability awards — ranging from approximately $20,000 to $50,000. "We will chase down every penny that these dishonorable thieves fraudulently pilfered so that the truly heroic firefighters, police officers, medics, and civilians who actually risked their lives on September 11, 2001, and are now suffering because of it, can get the care that they critically need," says James T. Hayes, Jr., special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York."