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We've all seen the "hidden camera" investigations that expose recipients of workman's compensation trying to scam their insurance companies out of boatloads of cash. Well, we can now proudly add mixed martial arts (MMA) to that prestigious list of "things you can't do" when your riding the proverbial pine, due to an "injury."
Bellator veteran Raphael Davis, a Los Angeles-based firefighter, was allegedly pinched for competing in combat sports while he was also collecting insurance for injuries that supposedly kept him from performing his daily duties at the local firehouse.
LA Weekly has the dirt:
The 35-year-old was arrested at his Lomita home at 9 a.m. this morning (April 10) on suspicion of insurance fraud, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney's office.
He was hit with four felony counts of insurance fraud, the office says.
Prosecutors contend that the Los Angeles Fire Department employee filed for workers compensation insurance between Dec. 2, 2008, to May 20, 2011, even as he fought in MMA bouts.
Davis was being held in lie of $30,000 bail. The D.A.'s office says he could see five years behind bars if convicted.
Too bad for "The Noodle," because at 12-2, it looks like he was doing fairly well on the local circuit. Video of his recent fight after the jump.
As an insurance adjuster myself, I'm never surprised at the stuff people will try to get away with.