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Woman Faces 150 years in Railroad Fraud

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    I think that people feel they are entitled to things, regardless of the rules that are connected to those entitlements, as in this case. Human nature I guess. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), provided its employees with retirement benefits after twenty years of employment, which could be tapped into once the person reached the age of 50, but at that age the benefits were less than if they waited to retire at the age of 60.

When the availability of illegal help to get those full benefits were made available it is said that over 79 percent of those that qualified for the lesser benefit, because they had not reached the age of 60, decided to jump on board an illegal express way to get those benefits with the help of today’s CrimeDiva, Marie Baran, 65, of East Meadow, N.Y.

Ms. Baran worked as a disability consultant who helped hundreds of LIRR clients receive disability benefits they should not have obtained. She now faces up to 150 years in prison. This woman is already 65, which means she will never get out of prison.  But there’s something else to consider here, though she and a couple doctors opened the flood gate for this illegal action, think about all these hundreds (maybe thousands), of middle-age people who also are involved in these crimes. Are they really victims when they knew the rules and provided money not only to Ms. Baran, but to the attending doctors to falsify their claims so that they could get what added up to be the same about of income as if they were working full-time?

Ms. Baran worked to finalize the claims. She filled out the disability applications for the employees to increase their chances of receiving benefits. She was paid $1,000 cash for her services and hid this income. The doctors received between $850 and $1,000 for their services, mostly in cash, and then received hundred of thousands of dollars they billed to the health insurance companies.

Ms. Baran was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and health care fraud; two counts of conspiracy to defraud the RRB; two counts of health care fraud; two counts of mail fraud; and two counts of wire fraud.

I will let you all know how much time they actually give her.

I’m curious, why didn’t these people that paid her for these services get charged too.  Could they ‘have not’ known that this was WRONG and against company policies for them to receive these benefits?!??!!  What are your thoughts about that?

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