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Disabled LIRR Foreman Practices Jiujitsu

Former LIRR Foreman Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison:



A former Long Island Rail Road maintenance foreman was sentenced to 37 months in prison for defrauding the government after he was videotaped practicing jiujitsu during his retirement on disability.


Fred Catalano, 52, of Nesconset was one of 33 defendants charged in an LIRR disability scam and only one of five sent to jail.


Catalano had testified at his trial that he was episodically disabled by back, neck and shoulder pain, despite sometimes feeling fit enough to do jiujitsu. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood rejected his plea for probation and also ordered him to repay the federal Railroad Retirement Board $62,000.


Two doctors and a consultant convicted of helping dozens of retirees file false claims each received eight-year prison terms. And a former conductor who threatened a witness and engaged in fraud amounting to $307,000 received a 33-month jail sentence.


Prosecutors claimed that the scheme could have cost the government $1 billion if it had not been halted.

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