Philly has spent $205 million on salaries for injured police since 2017. An audit found little is done to prevent fraud
Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart speaking at a news conference in July 2021. - Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — For nearly two decades, top city officials have argued that a generous but loosely-controlled state disability benefit meant for injured Philadelphia police officers has been an easy target for abuse. But an audit of police spending, released Tuesday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, has found that the cost to taxpayers is far steeper than previously imagined — and that between unreliable data, and bureaucratic finger-pointing, little is being done by the city or the police department to root out identify fraud among cops who claim to be too hurt to work. Since the 2017 fisca...