MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly 600 retirees of a major commuter railroad in New York are losing disability benefits.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) Nearly 600 retirees of a major commuter railroad in New York are losing disability benefits.

The action comes after a doctor admitted faking medical reports for the Long Island Rail Road workers so they could get benefits they didn't deserve. The doctor, Peter Ajemian, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The inspector general for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Martin Dickman, estimates the scandal cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The LIRR says in a statement that it supported the action. Dickman says workers who think they legitimately deserve benefits can reapply.

More retirees could lose their benefits. Another doctor linked to the scandal is due in court this month in the scheme.

The commuter railroad is one of the nation's largest, with 81 million riders a year.