A doctor involved in the massive Long Island Rail Road fraud scheme was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.
The U.S. attorney's office says that Peter Lesniewski, a board-certified orthopedist, wrongfully provided papers showing the physical decline of hundreds of LIRR employees as they prepared for early retirement.
The office says that from 1999 to 2008, at least 230 LIRR workers falsely received roughly $70 million in benefits because of Lesniewski.
He was reportedly paid $1,000 for each false assessment.
In addition to the prison time, Lesniewski has been ordered to pay more than $70 million in restitution.