New York Post Uncovers World’s Most Sympathetic Pension Scammer

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08/18/2010 11:56 AM |

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Of late the Post has been carrying water for the disingenuous conservative attack on public-sector and union pension plans (providing mid-level desk jockeys and laborers a comfortable twilight is bad how exactly?) by exposing shocking, shocking tales of pension exploitation, like the firefighter who took up a martial arts career while on disability.

Today, they’ve got a real doozy: In 1986, Dr. Irving Kroop, the NYPD’s chief cardiologist, retired, and was awarded a $64,364 annual disability pension. He was 70. But!

All the while, he’s maintained a private practice in Brooklyn and moonlighted at NYCERS, the New York City Employees Retirement System, which paid him $14,479 last year to help determine whether other city workers should get disability pensions.

A retired doctor—and, lest we forget, NYPD employee supplementing his modest-for-a-cardiologist pension with less than $15,000 a year in consulting work? How dare he? The clincher:

Kroop, who gets $155 an hour as a private contractor for city’s civilian pension board, shuffles into examining rooms with a cane and oxygen tank, sources say.

GET THIS BLOODSUCKER OFF THE TAXPAYER’S SWEET MILKY TIT POSTHASTE!

(If one was attempting to gin up populist rage, perhaps there are better pictures to paint than that of a 94-year-old doctor continuing to make the rounds, despite abundantly evident declining health. Shit, man, we should increase his pension, so he can finally fucking relax.)