Manhattan - (WALK) A former Long Island Rail Road conductor is sentenced to spend 33 months in prison for fraudulently claiming $307,000 in disability benefits.
Thomas Coscetta, 62, of Southold was sentenced in a federal court Friday in Manhattan. He was in custody for five months after threatening to kill a witness in the case against him, a fellow-member of the Peconic River Sportman's Club, a gun club in Manorville, said prosecutors.
Coscetta pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiracy and fraud after it was determined that despite claiming he was too disabled to grasp a pen he pursued activities requiring dexterity, including target shooting.
Federal agents continue their investigation into cases of alleged disability pension by former LIRR workers. 32 doctors, medical consultants and former railroad workers have been charged and convicted for bilking the federal Rail Road Retirement Board, so far.