LONG ISLAND CORRUPTION
(Investigative Reports from Newsday)

Complete coverage: Larry Reich case

More schools involved in lawyer, pension scandal

Six more Long Island school districts listed two private attorneys as employees, enabling them to earn state pensions, while also paying their law firms more than $1 million in fees, state and district records show.

TIMELINE: The story so far

Feb. 14: Newsday.com reports that five Long Island school districts falsely reported to the state that part-time private attorney Lawrence Reich was a full-time employee in each district, enabling him to earn a public pension of nearly $62,000 and health benefits for life.

Joye Brown: Our schools are a big business with big troubles

And so it grows, with today's installment of lawyers, law firms, school districts, school board members and superintendents caught in the glare of public scrutiny.

FBI, IRS get Suffolk attorney Reich's records

Federal agents yesterday obtained the business records of a Suffolk County attorney who is at the center of a criminal investigation involving his employment by five Long Island school districts.

Official who warned Reich now in Roslyn district

The Harborfields school official who made light of Lawrence Reich's employment arrangement in a letter warning him to "correct the record" now works in the Roslyn school district, which has weathered its own financial scandal in recent years.

AG Cuomo starts investigation into 5 LI districts

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday started an investigation, parallel to an ongoing federal probe, into possible financial misconduct at five Long Island school districts, issuing a subpoena for records at the Hauppauge law firm of Ingerman Smith, according to a spokesman for Cuomo and an attorney for the firm.

Joye Brown: Children again lost in district legal shuffle

Children.

Firm suspends lawyer in school district scandal

A part-time private attorney who was listed as a full-time employee by five school districts - enabling him to earn health benefits and a nearly $62,000-a-year state-funded pension, while his law firm was paid millions of dollars in fees - has been suspended by his current law firm, one of its partners said yesterday.

Editorial: Stop school districts pension pay scam

How does an attorney in private practice, a partner in a big educational law firm raking in millions of dollars for representing 40 local school districts, qualify for a $61,000-a-year state pension and health benefits?

School districts paid law firm millions

A small-town law firm founded in 1937, Ingerman Smith grew into a legal powerhouse, representing more than one-third of all the school districts on Long Island and racking up millions of dollars in fees.

What did law firm know about pay arrangement?

A small-town law firm founded in 1937, Ingerman Smith grew into a legal powerhouse, representing more than one-third of all the school districts on Long Island and racking up millions of dollars in fees.

FBI subpoenas 5 school district for data on lawyer

A federal grand jury in Central Islip has opened an investigation into possible fraudulent financial double-dipping at five Long Island school districts, according to several sources.

Five districts falsely reported lawyer's job status

Five Long Island school districts falsely reported to the state that a part-time private attorney was a full-time employee in each district, enabling him to earn a public pension of nearly $62,000 and health benefits for life.

Schools' job classifications not sanctioned

Attorney Lawrence Reich says what he was doing was "common practice" among Long Island attorneys.

5 school districts claimed same "full-time" lawyer

Five Long Island school districts falsely reported to the state that a part-time private attorney was a full-time employee in each district, enabling him to earn a public pension of nearly $62,000 and health benefits for life.

Records don't show practice is common

Attorney Lawrence Reich says what he was doing was "common practice" among Long Island attorneys.

 


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