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Officer Collecting Disability Pension After Retiring From Injury Has An Interesting New Job

| by Zara Zhi

He's getting ripped — and reportedly ripping off taxpayers by collecting over $40,000 a year on disability. 

A retired NYPD officer who frequently participates in bodybuilding competitions continues to collect his disability pension, and it's completely legal, the New York Daily News reports.

On Aug. 31, 1996, Derek Huebner retired after six years on the force, according to the New York City Police Pension Fund.

Huebner now collects $40,885.20, tax-free plus benefits, every year from the pension fund.

"There's no law against it," Huebner told the Daily News.

The 48-year-old bodybuilder injured his shoulder during a pursuit on foot in the mid-1990s while working as a cop.

About a year after retiring, Huebner moved to Florida, set up a gym in his garage, and started working out constantly, according to an unidentified source who spoke with the Daily News.

"Plenty of people work out and still — football players still play football," Huebner said.

Huebner collects the pension funds legally because its terms allow for a retired cop on disability to face penalties only if they seem not to be disabled within 20 years of being hired by the NYPD.

"You're ripping off the taxpayer, really," the anonymous source said. "No money should be free for anybody — unless you're disabled."

The NYPD's Inspector General is reportedly investigating the pension fund.

"If they ever looked into this, they'd find other people in similar situations," the source said. "But they don't care. They just keep paying these people. Shame on New York for allowing it."

It appears Huebner isn't the only one benefiting from lenient pension fund terms.

Christopher DePaolis, an officer with Florida's Broward County Sheriff’s Department, reportedly receives over $82,000 a year from the New York City Police Pension Fund, despite being employed -- and running marathons.

Eric Sumberg, a spokesman for City Controller Scott Stringer, said disability pension decisions are based on criteria set by state and city law.

“A medical board independently reviews these cases and determines eligibility, then forwards its recommendations to the trustees, who vote on each case on their merits and existing law,” Sumberg said.

Sources: New York Daily News (2) / Photo credit: New York Daily News
 

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