Former NYPD sergeant in Staten Island faces jail time for theft of 9/11 compensation funds
STATEN ISLAND, NY – A former NYPD sergeant from Staten Island who lied about hundreds of hours of work in the former Fresh Kills landfill after September 11, which brought him unearned government benefits, has been sentenced to two months in prison on Wednesday, according to court documents.
Sally Spinosa, a resident of Freehold, New Jersey, who served as a police officer from approximately July 1986 to approximately July 2019, was a sergeant in the Investigations Unit of the NYPD Patrol Services Office in Staten Island during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
She pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money in August.
Judge Paul A. Engelmayer presided over the case. After the prison sentence, Spinosa will be on probation for two years. The first four months of the supervised release will be in house arrest.
Authorities said Spinoza lied about the time she spent at the landfill and falsely stated that she worked there, sifting through material for human remains from September 2001 to June 2002. She submitted to false documents indicating that she was there two hours a day for 62 consecutive hours. days from September 20 to November 20, 2001.
Spinosa was pregnant and doing limited work outside the offices of the Staten Island Investigation Unit when she claimed she was working at the landfill or was entirely away from the office on parental leave.
To substantiate his claim with the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), Spinosa submitted an affidavit allegedly signed by a supervisor attesting to his passing at the landfill, Advance / SILive.com reported.
The affidavit, however, was false and was never signed by the supervisor, officials said. It reapplied in 2017 and 2018 using the same fraudulent information, authorities say.
Spinosa also filed a claim with the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), which authorities say was finally granted in 2017 and has since paid for some doctor’s visits and prescription drugs.