- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A former conductor has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service for his role in the Long Island Rail Road disability claims scandal.

A federal judge in Manhattan also ordered James Maher on Tuesday to repay over $347,000.

The former Brentwood resident pleaded guilty to fraud and perjury. He agreed to testify against former colleagues last year.

He told the court that he takes full responsibility and said he is humiliated.

Prosecutors obtained convictions or guilty pleas from 33 doctors, consultants and retirees charged in the case. The employees received disability payments by exaggerating or making up ailments.



The judge ordered Maher to make payments of $400 a month. Newsday (https://bit.ly/OWQ7l2 ) says at that rate, he’d have more than seven decades to pay back what he owes.

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

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