- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Thirteen current and former New York City employees have been arrested in a $500,000 insurance fraud scheme.

Authorities say 10 FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics, including EMS officers, and three NYPD traffic enforcement agents were arraigned Tuesday on charges of grand larceny and insurance fraud. All pleaded not guilty.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the city employees signed up for disability insurance through AFLAC and used forged signatures to file false claims.

Tuesday’s arrests were part of a probe of city workers by the city’s Department of Investigation.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 15 years in prison for each count.

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