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Attorney General - Contractor misclassified as employee

June 25 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week he intends to bring legal action against a Long Island attorney after six school districts classified him as an employee, allowing him to receive public-sector pension and health benefits to which he wasn't entitled.

Attorney Lawrence Reich was employed by up to six school districts in Suffolk and Nassau counties between 1978 and 2006, according to the Attorney General's office.

"Lawyers, especially those with a background in employment or labor law issues, know full well the difference between being a retained consultant and a salaried employee, and that only public employees are entitled to public pension funds," Cuomo said in a statement. "These are straightforward allegations of fraud."

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