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Three Stooges Of NJ Disability Pension

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Mark Lagerkvist of New Jersey Watchdogs has been rigorously investigating the double-dipping epidemic that is taking place in the Garden State.

The latest article he put out follows three men who have “questionable disabilities” and who he believes are taking advantage of the system.

“We call them the three stooges, we have three of them. We have Joe Derrico, a policeman who retired because he said he hurt his leg and he’s on reality TV and on reality TV he’s a repo man wrestling people to the ground, well why is he disabled? Then you have the next one which would be Tim Carroll. Tim Carroll retired on disability because he was traumatized by crime scenes. He couldn’t stand the sight of the gore of dead bodies at crimes scenes. So after he retired what does he do? He starts a business cleaning up crime scenes, the same thing that disabled him. The third stooge we featured recently, Christopher Onesti. He stapled his hand at the firing range accidentally trying to reattach a target and it wasn’t even his shooting hand it was the ring finger of his non-shooting hand and he retired because he could no longer handle a gun. There’s a controversy there, but we have the video of him out there on the firing range shooting a gun which supposedly he could no longer do,” he said.

We are talking about people here who are committing what some believe to be pension fraud because they are claiming to be disabled, collecting money from the state, and some of their actions clearly show that they are in fact not disabled.

Interestingly, if these situations involved an insurance claim, there would be a full investigation into insurance fraud, however that is not the case and these men seem to be getting away with it.

“There’s the case of Joe Derrico that is interesting because after we did the story, the pension board met, they looked at everything and took away his pension. He’s appealing, but Joe Derrico lost his pension. In the case of Timothy Carroll, there’s a five-year look back they can do and by the time they found out that he was running a crime scene cleanup business, the five years passed so they couldn’t go after him anymore,” Lagerkvist said.

Lagerkvist went on to discuss the amount of money that these situations are costing the state.

“When you take a look at police disability pensions alone, there’s 5,500 officers who say they are disabled for life and they get $200 million a year. That’s a lot of money,” he said.

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