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A part-time private attorney who was listed as a full-time employee by five school districts - enabling him to earn health benefits and a nearly $62,000-a-year state-funded pension, while his law firm was paid millions of dollars in fees - has been suspended by his current law firm, one of its partners said yesterday.

Steven Schlesinger, a partner in the Garden City law firm of Jaspan, Schlesinger, Hoffman, said yesterday that his firm had suspended Lawrence Reich and asked for his resignation. Reich had been serving as of counsel, or as a consultant, to the law firm since Jan. 1.

Newsday reported Friday that five school districts falsely reported to the state that Reich, 67, was a full-time employee in each district at the same time. The districts were Baldwin, Bellmore-Merrick High School, Copiague, East Meadow and Harborfields.

"Based on the publicity, it's not any good to have him at the firm," Schlesinger said. "I don't need P.R. liabilities."

He added, however, "I don't think any laws were violated."

Schlesinger said the firm has not heard from Reich since the disclosures. "We're trying to locate him."

Reich, who lives in Centerport, did not return a call for comment yesterday. In an earlier interview, he defended his arrangement with the five districts as "common practice."

At the same time that the districts claimed Reich as an employee, they paid his then-law firm, Ingerman Smith of Hauppauge, more than $2.5 million in fees, according to district records. Under Internal Revenue Service rules, a person cannot be treated as both an employee and independent contractor for the same work.

After the Newsday story appeared, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation served all five districts with subpoenas for financial records.

In addition, the New York State comptroller has sent letters to four of the five districts, notifying them that they would be audited. Reich left the payroll of East Meadow on Nov. 30, 2001, according to records.

Reich retired with an annual pension of $61,459 in September 2006. But he continued working for some of the districts, according to letters he sent asking them to "reconfigure" his pay as a retainer, rather than as a salary.

Last July, state auditors uncovered the problem in an audit of the Harborfields school district. Reich said he then contacted the state about his pension eligibility and was assured it was common practice.

The state took no action, and the issue was not included in the final audit of Harborfields.

Nonetheless, Reich notified the districts that he was retiring for good in October.

In December, Ingerman Smith notified the districts that Reich was leaving the firm.


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