MINEOLA - Officials say 17 men were arraigned today on a slew of charges in connection with an alleged Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) copper theft scandal.

Authorities say 17 men, including 15 LIRR employees, are accused of stealing copper wire and selling it for scrap over a two-year period. Prosecutors say they sold a majority of the wire at Two Brothers Scrap Metal in Farmingdale and cashed in on more than $250,000.

The 17 men turned themselves in, officials say. The 15 LIRR employees ranged in age from 26 to 51 years old. A few are supervisors, including a 27-year veteran.

The suspects were arraigned on charges that include conspiracy, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and theft of services.