Here's How 106 NYC First Responders Could Scam Social Security

<b class="credit">Flickr/401(K) 2013</b>
Flickr/401(K) 2013

Mention "first responder" and people probably picture firefighters, police, EMTs, and ambulance workers. These are the people who run into, fires ... to say nothing of gunfire, explosions, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, toxic spills, and other disasters, manmade or natural. They are courageous, skilled, and resourceful, and you want to feel nothing but gratitude for what they are willing to do.

So it's painful to hear about the 106 police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers, almost all from New York City, who allegedly scammed Social Security for at least $22 million in undeserved benefits, as Huffington Post reports. This isn't the end: the scam may have involved hundreds more with a total take of $400 million or more. Saddest of all, if prosecutors are correct, many may have used the disaster of September 11, 2001 as the excuse for ill-gotten gains. But all this leaves a big question: How did this crew supposedly pull it off?