Doctor Pleads Guilty in LIRR Disability Scam

Dr. Peter Ajemian entered the plea on Friday in federal court in Manhattan

Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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Doctor Pleads Guilty in LIRR Disability Scam

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A doctor has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in a massive disability scam involving Long Island Rail Road workers.
 
Dr. Peter Ajemian entered the plea on Friday in federal court in Manhattan.
 
Ajemian was among dozens of defendants arrested in the past two years amid a probe targeting the nation's second-largest commuter railroad. Several have pleaded guilty.
 
Prosecutors had accused Ajemian of making phony diagnoses so retired rail workers would qualify for disability payments. The fraud included collecting health insurance payments for unnecessary treatments.

According to the criminal complaint against Ajemian, between the late 1990s and 2008, he recommended at least 734 retiring LIRR employees receive disability benefits, and for four years he was responsible for treating almost half of all LIRR employees who retired and received disability benefits.
 
His sentencing is set for May 24.

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