Feds raid LIRR retirement board office

September 23, 2008 5:04:06 PM PDT
Federal agents raided the Long Island office of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board early Tuesday as part of a probe of possible abuse of pension and disability payouts by retirees of the Long Island Rail Road.The raid followed published reports of high rates of retired Long Island Rail Road employees collecting disability benefits.

Agents from the FBI and the inspectors general offices of both the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took boxes of records and two computers from the Westbury office.

A spokesman for the inspectors general office of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago declined comment. Spokesmen for the U.S. Attorney for New York's Eastern District and the FBI also declined comment.

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