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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:30 am

What a disgrace. More than 100 people — 80 percent of them ex-cops and firefighters — caught allegedly scamming the Social Security Disability Insurance system. And many of them apparently falsely claiming trauma due to 9/11.

This is what Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. revealed on Tuesday. Some of the defendants, all indicted on felony charges, were ripping off taxpayers for decades, he said.

Well, now those who are guilty will be paying the price. Citing 9/11 as the reason for mental problems that don’t exist was a particular disgrace for these former first responders, as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Just as we’re thrilled to see prosecutions of corrupt politicians, we’re glad to see this necessary case begin.

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