9/11: tragedy or oportunity?

9/11 scammer

It is bad news to read in a The New York Times that a tragedy such as the one of the 11th of September, was taken as an advantage by a few. Some police officers and firefighters have retired because they were not able to continue with their job after the shock of the Twin Tower’s disaster. The thing is that is has recently been discovered that a few of these retirements were a scam.

The attacks of September 11, 2001 (commonly referred to with the numeronym 9/11) were a series of terrorist suicide committed on that day in the United States by members of the jihadist group Al-Qaeda by hijacking planes to be impacted against various targets. They killed nearly 3,000 people and injured other 6,000 as well as the destruction of the environment of the World Trade Center in New York and severely damaged the Pentagon, in Virginia, being the episode that would precede the Afghanistan war and the adoption by the US Government and its allies in the policy of war against terrorism.

The district attorney accuses 106 pólice officers and firefighters of a scam of between $30,000 and $50,00 per year. For example, a man who was retired because “he was psychologically affected and was not able to work” was discovered giving martial arts’ lessons. Another policeman who said that “he was not able to go out home because of fear” uploaded on Facebook some photographs of his fishing adventure.

This shame has questioned all the rest of retired people after the 9/11, and they are being investigated. We still do not know what will happen with the scammers, but the will not get rid of it very easy.


RTVE.es (2014, January 9). Un centenar de polícias y bomberos fingieron ser víctimas del 11-S para cobrar ayudas. In RTVE web page, retrieved on January 2014 from http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20140109/trama-policias-bomberos-fingian-ser-victimas-del-11/843320.shtml

Rashbaum, William K. & McKinkey, James C. (2014, January). Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud Over Disability. In The New York Times web page, retrieved on January 2014 from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/nyregion/retired-new-york-officers-and-firefighters-charged-in-social-security-scheme.html


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