Sally Spinosa

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Service Record

New York City New York Police Department

Rank Sergeant
Dates of Service About July 1986 - July 2019[1]
Salary $165,597 (2019)[2]
Last Known Status Retired[3]

Incident Reports

2010 Fraudulent Claim for 9/11 Benefits

In 2010, Spinosa claimed to have worked hundreds of hours at the landfill that processed debris from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center from September 2001 to June 2002. In 2014, Spinosa applied for a monetary award from the U.S. Government's Victim's Compensation Fund (VCF) based on work performed in September and November of 2010.[1]

In 2014, Spinosa's application to the VCF was denied.[1]

In 2017, Spinosa was granted benefits from the World Trade Center Health Program, which paid for medical visits and prescription drugs.[1]

Spinosa actually spent that time on limited work assignment during her pregnancy or out on parental leave.[1]

Response Timeline

Spinosa was charged with submitting false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.[4]

On July 6, 2019, the state Division of Criminal Justice Services decertified Spinosa following her resignation or retirement while under investigation.[5][6]

On August 4, 2021, Spinosa pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.[1][7][8]

On December 1, 2021, Spinosa was sentenced to two months in prison, four months of home confinement, and two years of supervised release.[9][10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Former NYPD Sergeant Pleads Guilty To 9/11 Benefits Fraud, U.S. Attorney's Office, 2021-08-04
  2. Sally Spinosa A Sergeant-D/A Supervisor Detective Squad Police Department, govSalaries
  3. Stephen Brown, Ex-NYPD sergeant lied about work at Staten Island landfill filled with 9/11 debris: feds, New York Daily News, 2021-01-07
  4. United States v. Spinosa Opinion, US. District Court, 2021-06-28
  5. Officer Decertification, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
  6. NYCRR Part 6056, New York State
  7. United States v. Spinosa Opinion, U.S. District Court, 2021-08-04
  8. United States v. Spinosa Opinion, U.S. District Court, 2021-08-04
  9. Aliza Chasan, Ex-NYPD sergeant sentenced in 9/11 collection scheme, PIX 11, 2021-12-01
  10. United States v. Spinosa Opinion, U.S. District Court, 2021-12-01

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