A state fund to reimburse the defrauded clients of crooked lawyers has awarded $400,000 to an ex-cop from Kings Park who was sickened while working at Ground Zero, then ripped off by his attorney, himself a former police officer.
John Ferreyra, 59, who retired from the NYPD following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, got the maximum award from the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, after his now-former lawyer, Gustavo L. Vila, stole more than $900,000 issued by the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
At a news conference Thursday near the newly built World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan with his wife, Lisa, by his side, Ferreyra called the experience an “absolutely terrible time” for him and his family.
“To be awarded this money, and then to finally say we can breathe was just incredible. We were, like, planning for our future, for our daughters, for our family,” he said.