Hungarian Camerawoman Fired After Shown Tripping Refugee Father Carrying His Child

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 9.30.05 PMOne of the leading Hungarian broadcasters has fired a camerawoman after she was shown tripping a fleeing refugee man who was carrying his young son in his arms. The broadcaster and many Hungarian news outlets have been accused of highly negative coverage of the influx of refugees. The camerawoman has been identified as Petra László of N1TV.

The man can be seen breaking away from a police officer with his child in his arms when László sticks out her leg to trip him.

On its Web site, the TV station posted a statement that read: “Today, a N1TV colleague behaved unacceptably at the Roeszke reception center. The cameraman’s employment was terminated with immediate effect.”

The incident follows tough talk from Prime Minister Viktor Orban in criticizing Germany and other nations for opening up borders to refugees.

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  1. bam, Thanks. I think we struck a nerve. It’s called the truth nerve. I’m officiating a wedding on Saturday in Colorado. The couple who asked me to officiate are very liberal. They respect my views and I theirs. Truth is the theme of my sermon. That when couples have turmoil what they need most is truth, and in conflict, truth is often shrouded by anger, envy, pride, etc. As Churchill said, “The first casualty of war, is truth.”

  2. Sorry. On my phone. . .should be. . .

    Perhaps if you didn’t derive your livelihood from money garnered from these cases. . .

  3. draytonoysters

    There is nothing uncivil about pointing out the massive–yes, MASSIVE–amount of fraud in this area of the law. Perhaps you missed a class or two in those required CLE courses. Nick, who is not an attorney, is not bound by those guidelines that you referenced. He doesn’t need to attend a class on Civility for Lawyers, which most attorneys either read their newspapers or doze through. Very basic stuff here. Perhaps if your livelihood, which is derived from money garnered from these cases, you would have a much more objective view of the criticisms leveled–valid and justified criticisms–that you, unfortunately, appear to take personally. Maybe you need to respect the decades of work that Nick has spent as a private investigator? Perchance he may know a thing or two about the problems inherent in this field? How about a little civility?

  4. Nick Spinelli, if you have to attack me personally, you obviously do not deal in facts. You may want to look at the many CLE’s offered on Civility for Lawyers. It’s interesting that those who need it most, don’t take the class. Yes, 60 Minutes did a big story on an issue of fraud. Currently 1500 claims are being reviewed that were handled by that doctor and ALJ. Again, statistically you are talking about 1%. But don’t let the facts get in your way of your opinion. As far as you working at the other end where business is “booming”, I I think you must work for a for-profit LTD company where the deck is stacked in your favor under ERISA. As far as this 2009 go sign up and get paid, not sure to what you are referring. You may want to check out this link from NOSSCR:

    “People on the dole vote Democrat.” SSD are payments from the disability trust fund. SSI payments come from the general treasury. SSD recipients are workers, both Democrat and Republican. Your broad brushes are really tiresome.

    RandyJet, I agree oversight is very important. A lot could change to help the system, that is for certain.

  5. bam, That part in your superb comment about people claiming back problems to bridge the gap between unemployment and SS pension is one of the most common abuses.

  6. There are 2 different SS Disability realities. There is pre-Obama and post 2009. If someone got rejected prior to 2009 they just need go sign up again, and get paid.

  7. bam, WOW!! You just hit it out the park. I have worked disability fraud for over 3 decades. It has gotten worse every year, but the last several it has gone crazy. People on the dole vote Democrat. So, this President has opened the gate to anyone. The disability fund is tapped out! Great job, woman. Hell, if the MSM is reporting it you KNOW it’s bad. Private disability gets investigated. Public disability has token investigations.

  8. My wife tried for SS disability, but was rejected since we lived in an area where the board was so bad that lawyers were complaining that so many of their clients DIED before they got any benefits. She is legitimately disabled after her bout with cancer and numerous illnesses stemming from the chemo she endured. So while there is a lot of fraud, and some of it is outrageous, we can still keep it going with better oversight and controls. The CA boards are outlandish and they need to be overhauled since the FAA did a cross match with FAA medical records and SS disability payments and found nearly one hundred pilots who were flying planes while getting SS disability payments. They all lied on their medical forms, and a court found them ALL not guilty since the FAA was not authorized to use the SS data base for such a thing. This is in contrast to a poor Delta airline F/O who forgot to mention his ten year old DUI conviction on his medical. He lost his license, medical, job, and got about five years in the Federal prison system.

  9. Disability, USA

    Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size and could run out of money

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    The following script is from “Disability, USA” which aired on Oct. 6, 2013. The correspondent is Steve Kroft. James Jacoby and Michael Karzis, producers.

    There is a Senate hearing scheduled tomorrow on a subject of some importance to millions of Americans, but with the government shutdown it’s not clear that the Senate Committee on Government Affairs will be able to pay for a stenographer to record the event. The hearing involves the Federal Disability Insurance Program, which could become the first government benefits program to run out of money. When it began back in the 1950s it was envisioned as a small program to assist people who were unable to work because of illness or injury.

    Today, it serves nearly 12 million people — up 20 percent in the last six years — and has a budget of $135 billion. That’s more than the government spent last year on the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Labor Department combined. It’s been called a “secret welfare system” with it’s own “disability industrial complex,” a system ravaged by waste and fraud. A lot of people want to know what’s going on. Especially Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

    Tom Coburn: Go read the statute. If there’s any job in the economy you can perform, you are not eligible for disability. That’s pretty clear. So, where’d all those disabled people come from?

    The Social Security Administration, which runs the disability program says the explosive surge is due to aging baby boomers and the lingering effects of a bad economy. But Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Subcommittee for Investigations — who’s also a physician — says it’s more complicated than that. Last year, his staff randomly selected hundreds of disability files and found that 25 percent of them should never have been approved — another 20 percent, he said, were highly questionable.

    Tom Coburn: If all these people are disabled that apply, I want ’em all to get it. And then we need to figure out how we’re going to fund it. But my investigation tells me and my common sense tells me that we got a system that’s being gamed pretty big right now.

    And by a lot of different people exploiting a vulnerable system. Coburn says you need look no further than the commercials of disability lawyers trolling for new clients. Namely, the two thirds of the people who have already applied for disability and been rejected. There’s not much to lose, really. It doesn’t cost you anything unless you win the appeal and the lawyers collect from the federal government.

    Marilyn Zahm: If the American public knew what was going on in our system, half would be outraged and the other half would apply for benefits.

    Marilyn Zahm and Randy Frye are two of the country’s 1,500 disability judges. They are also the president and vice president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges. They are each expected to read, hear, and decide up to 700 appeals a year to clear a backlog of nearly a million cases. They say disability lawyers have flooded the system with cases that shouldn’t be there.

    Marilyn Zahm: In 1971, fewer than 20 percent of claimants were represented. Now, over 80 percent of claimants are represented by attorneys or representatives.

    Steve Kroft: Why do you think there’s so many more lawyers involved in this than there used to be?

    Marilyn Zahm: It’s lucrative.

    Randy Frye: Follow the money.

    Last year the Social Security Administration paid a billion dollars to claimants’ lawyers out of its cash-strapped disability trust fund. The biggest chunk — $70 million – went to Binder & Binder, the largest disability firm in the country. Lawyer Jenna Fliszar and Jessica White worked for Binder & Binder representing clients in front of disability judges from New Hampshire to West Virginia.

    Jenna Fliszar: I call it a legal factory because that’s all it is. I mean, they have figured out the system and they’ve made it into a huge national firm that makes millions of dollars a year on Social Security disability.

    Jessica White: I was hired at the end of 2008 and business was booming because the economy was so bad. We had a lot of people who — their unemployment ran out and this was the next step.

    Jenna Fliszar: If you’re unable to find a job, and you have any type of physical issue, then it really becomes a last ditch effort because the job market is so bad.

    60 Minutes Overtime
    What happens when the U.S. disability fund runs dry?
    Many of the cases they handled involved ailments with subjective symptoms like backache, depression and fibromyalgia, which is joint and muscle pain along with chronic fatigue.

    Steve Kroft: Hard to prove you’ve got it?

    Jenna Fliszar: Yes. And there’s really no diagnostic testing for it.

    Steve Kroft: Hard to deny you don’t have it.

    Jenna Fliszar: Correct.

    Steve Kroft: Out of the hundreds of people that you represented, how many of these cases involved strong cases for disability?

    Jenna Fliszar: Strong cases I would say maybe 30 percent to 40 percent. And then I would say half of my cases were not deserving of disability.

    Steve Kroft: How many of them ultimately ended up getting benefits?

    Jenna Fliszar: Half.

    We tried repeatedly to reach Binder & Binder for comment, but our phone calls were not returned.

    Tom Coburn: We ought to err on the side of somebody being potentially disabled. And we have a ton of people in our country that are, but what’s coming about now with where we are, is the very people who are truly disabled, because we have so many scallywags in the system, are going to get hurt severely when this trust fund runs outta money.

    Sen. Coburn says disability payments are now propping up the economy in some of the poorest regions in the country. Which is why he sent his investigators to the border area of Kentucky and West Virginia.

    More than a quarter of a million people in this area are on disability — 10 to 15 percent of the population — about three times the national average. Jennifer Griffith and Sarah Carver processed disability claims at the Social Security regional office in Huntington, West Virginia.

    Steve Kroft: How important are disability checks to people in this part of the country?

    Jennifer Griffith: They’re a vital part of our economy. A lot of people depend on them to survive.

    To see it first hand, they suggested we come back right after the disability checks went out. And we did, to find crowds and traffic jams.

    Jennifer Griffith: You avoid the pharmacy. You avoid Wal-Mart. You avoid, you know, restaurants because it’s just–

    Sarah Carver: Any grocery stores.

    Jennifer Griffith: It’s just extremely crowded. Everybody’s received their benefits. Let’s go shopping.

    Not everyone in the throngs we saw is on disability, but Jennifer Griffith and Sarah Carver say there’s no question that a lot of them are and probably shouldn’t be.

    Sarah Carver: We have a lot of people who have exhausted their unemployment checks and have moved onto Social Security disability.

    Steve Kroft: This is, sort of, a bridge between unemployment and collecting Social Security.

    Sarah Carver: Generally, yes.

    Steve Kroft: Are they disabled?

    Sarah Carver: Not always, no.

    Jennifer Griffith: More often than not, no.

    Around here, people call it “getting on the draw” or “getting on the check,” but they have other names for it.

    Sarah Carver: I think you could call it a scheme. You could call it a scam. You could call it fraud. I mean, there’s different definitions for it.

    Steve Kroft: Large scale?

    Jennifer Griffith: Very large scale.

    60 Minutes: Segment Extras
    Investigating disability claims
    They began complaining to their bosses at the Social Security Administration six years ago after discovering that an outsized number of claims and some questionable medical evidence was being submitted by Eric Conn, a flamboyant attorney whose face is plastered on billboards throughout the area and on local TV.

    He runs the third largest disability practice in the country out of the Eric C. Conn Law Center which is just off Route 23 in Stanville, Ky. It’s a complex of several doublewides welded together with an imposing replica of the Lincoln Memorial in the parking lot. Surprisingly, it has only one space for the disabled.

    Steve Kroft: I mean, it’s kinda hard to miss Eric Conn around here, isn’t it, with all the billboards and–

    Jennifer Griffith: You’d be hard pressed to find somebody who doesn’t know who he is in this area.

    Steve Kroft: He calls himself Mr. Social Security. And some of his ads say “guaranteed success.” How can he make that claim?

    Sarah Carver: He backs that up.

    Steve Kroft: A slam dunk?

    Sarah Carver: Uh-huh (affirm). Pretty much.

    Steve Kroft: That’s a remarkable record.

    Sarah Carver: Yes, it is.

    Steve Kroft: Is he that good a lawyer?

    Sarah Carver:: You know–

    Jennifer Griffith: No. (laugh)

    A lot of Conn’s success, they say, had to do with a particularly friendly disability judge, David Daugherty, who sought out Conn’s cases and approved virtually all 1,823 of them, awarding a half a billion dollars worth of lifetime benefits to Conn’s clients. The decisions were based on the recommendations of a loyal group of doctors who often examined Conn’s clients right in his law offices and always endorsed them for the disability rolls.

    Steve Kroft: Were most of the medical reports submitted by the same doctors?

    Jennifer Griffith: Yes.

    Sarah Carver: Yes. Sometimes up to 13 to 20 reports a day.

    Jennifer Griffith: I know on one, we counted 16 exams by the same doctor all in one day at his office.

    Steve Kroft: And they were all approved?

    Jennifer Griffith: They were all approved.

    Steve Kroft: Were all those valid claims?

    Sarah Carver: There’s no way that you’re going to have 100 percent of clients walk through your door and be disabled. 100 percent of claimants, there’s no way.

    We were hoping that given Eric Conn’s outgoing personality and love of publicity, he would be eager to talk to us, but that turned out not to be the case. At first we were told he wasn’t in the office. We said we’d wait.

    Conn staffer: Hey, take some pens, too. Alright?

    Steve Kroft: OK. Great.

    About an hour later, we got a call from his lawyer in Washington.

    Steve Kroft (on phone): You know, we don’t want to make it seem like he’s hiding from us.

    The lawyer said he’d try to coax Conn out of the office and eventually he emerged.

    Eric Conn: I’m very much familiar with you. How we doing today?

    Steve Kroft: I’m doing good. Look, there’s a lot of allegations out there–

    Eric Conn: There are.

    Steve Kroft: –about you that we wanted to talk to you about.

    Eric Conn: I understand. Well, I’m not normally a shy person, but I think it’s probably best I speak in the legal realm rather than here. I know you all have come a long way, and I don’t mean to be inhospitable but I just think it’s probably best right now.

    Steve Kroft: You can’t talk about your relationship with Judge Daugherty or your incredible success in disability court?

    Eric Conn: Boy, that’s tempting. Oh, I would love to comment on some of that. But not – I’m really sorry, I don’t think I should right now.

    60 Minutes: Segment Extras
    Easier to approve a disability case than deny it?
    Conn didn’t want to go into it with Sen. Coburn’s investigators either. They’ve been quietly working on the case for two years, interviewing witnesses and pouring over disability documents. That’s why they asked us to protect their identities.

    Steve Kroft: What did you find out in West Virginia and Kentucky?

    Tom Coburn: Significant fraud.

    Steve Kroft: Does the name Eric Conn ring a bell?

    Tom Coburn: Uh-huh (affirm). I would tell you, I wouldn’t want him for a brother-in-law. And he’s got a lot of money. And the American taxpayer paid him that money.

    Steve Kroft: Is he breaking the law?

    Tom Coburn: That’s probably going to be determined by the Department of Justice.

    Coburn says the report — to be released tomorrow — will show that Conn collected more than $13 million in legal fees from the federal government over the past six years and that he paid five doctors roughly $2 million to regularly sign off on bogus medical forms that had been manufactured and filled out ahead of time by Conn’s staff.

    Steve Kroft: You think what you found there is just an isolated case?

    Tom Coburn: No. I mean, it’s– it may be one of the worst cases. It just shows you how broken it is. You take a good concept that’s well meaning. And then you don’t manage it, you don’t monitor it, you don’t over– Congress doesn’t oversight it, and pretty soon, you end up with places like in West Virginia, certain counties, where, you know, you’re born to be on disability.

    It should be pointed out that no one is getting rich off disability payments of $1,100 a month. It’s a minimum wage income with Medicare benefits after two years. But each new case will eventually cost taxpayers, on average, $300,000 in lifetime benefits. For Marilyn Zahm, the disability judge from Buffalo, the high demand for it is a measure of the low prospects that still exist for millions of Americans.

    Marilyn Zahm: People run out of unemployment insurance. They are not going to die silently. They are going to look for another source of income. It is not unusual for people, especially people over 40, to have some sort of an ailment or impairment. So they will file for disability benefits based upon that. For many of these people, the plant closed. There are no jobs in their communities. What are people supposed to do?

    Steve Kroft (to Coburn): Some of these people are desperate people.

    Tom Coburn: Absolutely desperate. I agree. But what you’re really describing is our economy and the consequences of it. And we’re using a system that wasn’t meant for that, because we don’t have a system over there to help them. Which means we’re not addressing the other concerns in our society. And that’s a debate Congress ought to have.
    © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Steve Kroft

    Few journalists have achieved the impact and recognition that Steve Kroft’s 60 Minutes work has generated for over two decades. Kroft delivered his first report for 60 Minutes in 1989.

  10. Annie

    Just one instance of the prevalent and massive fraud in this specific field of law. Working in this area of law does not guarantee you an honest answer.

    Office of the Inspector General, SSA

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    New York Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Leading Large-Scale Disability Fraud Scheme

    New York Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Leading Large-Scale Disability Fraud Scheme
    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Office Affiliation:
    The Office of Investigations

    Article from The New York Times:

    A Long Island lawyer who led a huge scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration pleaded guilty on Friday, receiving a reduced sentence in return for promising to help federal investigators find other people cheating the disability insurance system, prosecutors said.

    The lawyer, Raymond Lavallee, entered an agreement with the Manhattan district attorney’s office to plead guilty to one count of fourth-degree conspiracy and to pay $2 million in restitution and fines.

    Mr. Lavallee, 84, of Massapequa, N.Y., also agreed to cooperate with investigators at the Social Security Administration who are seeking to recover money from others who filed false claims as part of the scheme, which involved scores of retired police officers and firefighters who feigned mental illnesses to get benefits.

    He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years on the top charge of grand larceny, had he gone to trial. In return for his assistance, he was promised a sentence of one year in jail by Justice Daniel P. FitzGerald in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

    Mr. Lavallee and three other men were charged last year with bilking the federal government out of millions in disability benefits. The scheme involved more than 131 police officers, firefighters and other city workers who falsely claimed they had been psychologically scarred. Many pretended they had suffered post-traumatic stress because of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    More than 100 of the applicants have pleaded guilty. A majority received no jail time but returned the money they stole. The district attorney’s office has recovered more than $24 million in forfeiture and restitution.

    Mr. Lavallee’s lawyer, Raymond G. Perini, said his client had accepted responsibility.

  11. Karen, I had not heard about the craziness in California regarding gas consumption.

  12. drayton, If it takes your clients that long to get SS disability then they obviously need a better attorney. I work the other end counselor, that would be the RAMPANT FRAUD. And biz on my end is BOOMING on all types of disability fraud!

    1. Annie, I have said nothing about you or your family situation except for your false contention that Austria did anything for refugees after WWII. I only responded to YOUR statement that those who disagreed with you had no compassion. So your refusal to answer my question as to why these people are legitimate political refugees is an admission of an inability to reason or prove your point. It is quite legitimate for those who disagree with you to question why you show little compassion for your fellow citizens who bear the brunt of mass illegal immigration. That is an uncontested FACT since the CBO admits that the lower ends of the wage scale will experience depressed wages for at least TEN YEARS as part of Obama’s amnesty.

  13. Draytonoysters thank you so much for your 5:06 PM comment. I often hear such nonsense about people on SS Disability. It’s nice to hear from an attorney who actually works in this field and knows what he’s talking about!

  14. randyjet:

    The crimes of the “coyotes” who smuggle people across the border are indeed well known here. It’s a catastrophe – people smother to death in shipping containers, women and girls sold into sex slavery, people held for ransom to squeeze more money out of their relatives, women die in labor trying to have anchor babies, children drown crossing rivers . . . it’s awful.

    That’s exactly why I want immigrants to go through the system, so they can be screened and their true identity determined. I have known a lot of illegal aliens over the years, some good, some bad, but almost all had stolen identities. So running those false IDs through the system would be pointless.

    I think we need to care for people fleeing from wars, but we need to spread them out so they don’t overwhelm the host nations, and demand the ME actually put itself out to help clean up the mess.

  15. *Ken,*

    *Some people don’t have a clue as to why there are so many refugees. They think the refugees are only interested in getting on the welfare rolls in Europe. There isn’t much compassion shown in Hungary. They have short memories of their own plight after WWII. — Jack *

  16. Nick Spinelli:
    re: “I’m sure he can get them qualified for SS Disability like he has so many Americans.”
    As a disability attorney, I can say you don’t have clue what you’re talking about. People on disability are among our nation’s poorest and, despite your rhetoric, it is extremely difficult to obtain benefits. It can easily take 2-5 years to get on disability. Fraud accounts for about 1% of benefits paid out. If you want to spew contempt and disparage others, leave our nation’s disabled, some of our weakest and defenseless, out of it. Virtually all my clients would rather be working.
    Thank you.

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