Man Pleads Guilty in 9/11 Disability Scam

Heather Doyle Wantagh-Seaford Patch

A lawyer from Massapequa pleaded guilty Friday in a vast Social Security scam involving NYPD and FDNY retirees, according to multiple reports.

Raymond Lavallee, 84, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree conspiracy in an agreement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

As per the plea deal, Lavallee will pay $2 million in restitution and fines, was promised a one-year prison sentence, and will help federal investigators to find other disability insurance scammers, according to The New York Times.

Lavallee would have faced 25 years in prison for the top charge if he had gone to trial, according to the report. Read More »

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Military judge halts 9/11 trial citing Defense Dept. overreach

A military judge has put the oft-delayed 9/11 trial on hold until the Department of Defense walks back an order requiring the judges presiding over the case to move to Guantanamo Bay in order to proceed with the trial.

The Defense Department’s interference stems from a controversial order issued in January requiring the judges in three active terror trials to relocate to the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It would also strip military judges of other duties, including presiding over US service members’ court martials.

The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, said in a 10-page ruling on Wednesday that the relocation order created “at least the appearance of an unlawful attempt to press the military judge to accelerate the pace of litigation and an improper attempt to usurp judicial discretion.” Read More »

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Trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to begin next week: officials

Denis Slattery  New York Daily News

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin next week, court officials said.

Opening statements are expected to start March 4, officials said Wednesday.

Jury selection was slowed by winter weather and prospective jurors who said they either already believe Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty or had personal connections to the April 2013 attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260. Read More »

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