For more than two years, millions of commuters have followed the fallout of the Long Island Railroad fraud case.
The case, which brought to light the deceptive practices of many local doctors who were accused of declaring healthy retirees of the railroad disabled, today continued to make news with two retired railroad employees and one doctor convicted of fraud charges.
According to a report in Newsday, Dr. Peter Lesniewski was convicted along with former LIRR union president Joseph Rutigliano and former retirement board manager Marie Baran. The three were convicted of charges including fraud, and conspiracy. Each faces a possibility of 15 years in prison.
The case has caused quite a sensation within the press, and has caused a great deal of outrage among the railroad's many passengers once in came to public attention.
In a difficult economy, many Long Islander struggle just to afford a ticket to ride the railroad into the city for work. Despite the comfortable pension and salary that these former employees of the railroad were given, their alleged greed ended up getting the best of them when they took advantage of their position.