Two former Long Island Rail Road workers have pleaded guilty in a massive disability scam.
Prosecutors say 59-year-old James Reiser and 54-year-old Philip Pulsonetti pleaded guilty Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to wrongly claiming disability benefits upon early retirement.
Reiser, an ex-conductor from Farmingdale, faces up to 50 years in prison. He also agreed to pay back $226,000 in restitution. Pulsonetti, of Remsenburg, N.Y., faces up to 15 years in prison and must forfeit $176,000 in illegal benefits.
The months-long probe targeting the nation's second-largest commuter railroad came to a head in May when dozens of retirees and others were busted. So far, eight defendants have admitted fraud in the scheme.
Amnesty Offered in LIRR Pension Scam
LIRR serves Long Island and has 81 million riders a year, second-highest to the Metro-North system with 82 million.