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NYC disability fraud case: 28 new indictments issued

Accused Social Security scammers Richard Cosentino and Glen Lieberman Handouts/image pixelated by CBS New York

NEW YORK -- Law enforcers say 28 new indictments have been issued in New York as part of a sprawling Social Security disability fraud case.

According to The New York Times the defendants were expected to be brought to court on Tuesday.

Authorities said in January that a decades-long scam netted more than $20 million in Social Security disability payments.

They say recipients claimed they could barely care for themselves but were engaged in a wide range of activities that proved otherwise.

Prosecutors say many recipients were advised to link their supposed symptoms to 9/11.

Authorities previously announced the arrest of three advisers, a lawyer and more than 100 benefits recipients, including former police officers and firefighters.

Last month, CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reported that, according to the prosecution, Louis Hurtado was starring in instructional videos as a 6th-degree black belt, while telling the New York Police Department he was disabled with neck injuries and psychological problems. He is accused of taking $470,000 over 24 years.

Richard Cosentino allegedly received $207,000 while claiming he was too depressed to go outside after the attacks on 9/11.

Glenn Lieberman received $174,000. He was also too depressed to go outside.

Said New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: "As a New Yorker, as a U.S. citizen, I can only express disgust at the actions of the individuals involved in this scheme."

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