Three former New York cops were busted and charged with ripping off the U.S. government with $1.4 million in disability scam claims.
One of the former New York cops, Gerard Scparta, 53, stands charged of stealing $638,000 from the Social Security Administration over 20 years with fake claims that he suffered from depression and anxiety. New York Post reported.
In reality, he was earning a lot of cash as much as $1.6 million between 2004 and 2017 as a security guard and host at an unnamed strip club, according to federal agents.
Scparta, of Campbell Hall, NY, was allegedly helped by a co-worker, who is now cooperating with the feds, and the crooked attorney, who has pleaded guilty to disability scam case.
His case stems from a New York state case that nabbed more than 100 retired New York City police officers and firefighters who raked in millions with the help of disability consultant Thomas Hale.
“We look forward to our day in federal court,” said Scparta’s lawyer, Joseph Mure.
Separately, the federal agents busted Kenneth Rubero, 53, of White Plains, NY, and Scott Maraio, 53, of Staten Island, saying they, too, defrauded the SSA.
Rubero, a former police detective, earned nearly $400,000 in disability benefits for himself and his child while at the same earning over approximately $700,000 from his work with two companies he owns, including Baychester Payment Center, a check cashing business, the federal agents said.
Maraio, who is former NYPD and FDNY, earned over $400,000 in disability benefits for himself, wife, and his children starting in 2008 while also earning $450,000 working at a strip club and staffing company.
“He didn’t do anything wrong,” said Rubero’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore. “You’re allowed to invest in any business and oversee that business, and that’s what he did.”
Maraio’s attorney didn’t return a request for comment.