Retired NYPD cop who says he got cancer during 9/11 fallout pushes for disability pension after two-time denial from pension fund

Francisco Velez, a retired NYPD lieutenant, suffering from throat cancer is trying for a third time to persuade officials to grant him a disability pension.

NYC’s Police Pension Fund has twice denied Velez a pension while the NYPD’s Medical Board has approved him for a pension three times reports Graham Rayman in the New York Daily News.

The Pension Fund claims that Velez has not proved that he was at the site of the World Trade Center within 48 hours of the 2001 terrorist attacks, although his commanding officer at the time gave an affidavit stating that Velez was at the site during the required time frame.

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Bin Laden’s son Hamza ‘actively engaged’ in terrorism

Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, long thought to be following in his father’s footsteps, has been officially named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the United States State Department, reports the BBC.

Hamza has called for attacks against western capitals and is said by the US State Department to be “actively engaged in terrorism”.

An official terrorist designation prevents bin Laden from holding property in the US of from doing business with US companies.

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N.J. firm sues AG Eric Schneiderman over allegations of issuing illegal high interest loans to 9/11 victims awaiting settlements

RDL Legal Funding, LLC, and RD Legal Funding Partners, is a New Jersey company that allegedly charged exorbitant interest rates to 13 sick recovery workers and survivors for cash advances made while awaiting lawsuit settlements. The companies are now suing New York’s attorney general after he ordered the firm to repay $1.6 million to the people they charged, reports Barbara Ross in the New York Daily News.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that loans were made to the 13 victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack and that the rates charged are usurious and in violation of NY law.

RDL Legal Funding, LLC, and RD Legal Funding Partners maintain through their lawyers that they made purchases of future settlements, not loans, and that they were justified in charging 67% interest rates.

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