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NYPD cop works as strip-club bouncer while paid disability
April 15, 2019, Manhattan, NY
A former NYPD cop admitted to taking a part in a scheme that netted $1.4 million from the federal government in bogus disability claims.
Gerard Scparta, 54, pleaded guilty to theft of public funds and tax evasion before a federal judge in Manhattan for raking in more than $630,000 over a period of 20 years after falsely claiming he suffered from severe depression and anxiety that made him unable to work as a cop.
“I knew it was wrong at the time I did it,” Scparta told Circuit Judge Alison Nathan, reading from a prepared statement.
Scparta, who was on the force from 1986 to 1997, also admitted to underreporting the $1.6 million he made working as a host and a security guard at a Manhattan strip club where he worked from 2004 to 2017. To avoid getting caught stealing disability funds, he arranged for his paychecks from the jiggle joint to be transferred to a corporate entity under his wife’s control, prosecutors said.
Scparta was busted alongside Kenneth Rubero, a former NYPD detective, and Scott Maraio, a former firefighter. Rubero took about $396,000 through fraudulent disability claims, according to the feds, and Maraio took about $364,000.
Scparta’s case stems from a New York State investigation into a massive Social Security scam involving more than 120 former New York City cops and firefighters. At the heart of the scam was former NYPD cop Thomas Hale, the now-95 years old who for 25 years coached firefighters and police officers on how to lie on their applications for disability.
About half of the defendants caught up in the scheme said that they suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Source: New York Post