- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Three former Long Island Rail Road workers have avoided jail time for their role in a disability fraud scheme after they cooperated with investigators.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1tNHeL2 ) that the three men were sentenced in Manhattan federal court Friday to probation with brief periods of home confinement.

They are 57-year-old retired car repairman Franklin Plaia of Hicksville, 59-year-old engineer Michael Dasaro of Oakdale, and 56-year-old electrician Michael Stavola of Massapequa Park.

Of 33 doctors, consultants and retirees convicted of collecting on fake disability claims to the federal Railroad Retirement Board, 18 have been given probation, nine have been given prison terms and six have yet to be sentenced.

No one who cooperated with the prosecution has been sentenced to prison.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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