A Long Island Rail Road official was arrested Monday by detectives from the office of State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on charges of official misconduct in connection with the recent railroad pension scandal, sources said.
Sources identified the official as Fred Kreuder, a 23-year employee who
most recently was working as the manager of operations support and
analysis for the LIRR.
Gardens, Queens, on Monday.
The sources did not want to be identified because the suspect had yet to be arraigned.
Kreuder has been charged with official misconduct and with receiving
unlawful gratuities, the sources told Newsday. Both are misdemeanors.
Cuomo spokesman Alex Detrick declined to comment Monday morning, as did railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena.
The Rockville Centre attorney who is representing Kreuder, William
Petrillo, also declined to comment. Kreuder had been suspended by LIRR
president Helena Williams in October.
Williams did not identify the suspended employee. Petrillo at the time
confirmed that his client had been suspended, but said he was
"convinced that when the investigation is completed, the attorney
general will conclude that Mr. Kreuder had not done anything wrong."
At the time, Williams said the employee was suspended because he was
doubling as a consultant, advising fellow employees on how to take
advantage of the embattled Federal Railroad retirement system.
That suspension came as Cuomo announced his office was looking into potential abuses of disability benefits by LIRR employees.
Kreuder had figured in recent hearings by Cuomo related to the LIRR
pension scandal. Though he was not named, officials pointed to the
example of an employee at the railroad who was giving advice of how to
get disability pensions.
Kreuder had worked in the railroad's pension office but had been moved
to a new position, sources told Newsday, after an e-mail was discovered
that advised a colleague on how to apply for the U.S. Railroad
Retirement Board's occupational disability benefit.