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9/11 police officers and fire fighters charged with fraud

8 January 2014 Last updated at 09:18 GMT

Dozens of retired US police officers, fire fighters and jail guards, many of them first responders to the 9/11 attacks in 2001, have been charged with alleged benefit fraud.

They are accused of falsely claiming to be incapacitated by trauma, to collect federal social security benefits.

Barbara Plett Usher reports.