Apr 11, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT
If you’re going to go on sick leave from your job and collect more than $30,000 in workman’s comp benefits, it’s probably not a good idea to continue with your MMA career, appear multiple times on TV and post the results of your fights on Twitter. Please make a note of it.
Then again, it tool the State of California 2 1/2 years to catch this criminal mastermind, so who’s the real dope? Raphael Davis, 35, was on leave from the Los Angeles Fire Department between 2008 and 2011 because he was too injured to work. But Davis was moonlighting as the MMA fighter “The Noodle” during that entire time, according to several sources. In fact, he had a 6-1 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championsips circuit during the time he was supposed to be too injured to work. Now he’s been arrested and charged with four felony counts of insurance fraud, because he allegedly claimed $30,000 in benefits while on disability. MMA Fighting:
According to multiple news outlets, the pro mixed martial artist was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four felony counts of insurance fraud. So while he apparently claimed he was not healthy enough to work at his L.A. fire department job, his fight career was inexplicably reaching its peak with multiple appearances for Bellator and M-1 Global.
Davis, who was arrested at his home and being held on bail, could face up to five years in prison.
The 35-year-old has a 12-2 all-time record, with notable wins over Vinny Magalhaes, Emanuel Newton and Tony Lopez.
Even if prosecutors prove the charges and Davis is found guilty, the state comes off looking bad to some degree. That would mean that somehow, Davis managed to continue his MMA career undetected for 2 1/2 years while appearing multiple times on television during that span. He fought seven times during that period, going 6-1.
Davis wasn’t exactly trying to hide his fight career either. He has a Twitter page in which he describes himself as “Currently one of Bellator’s Light Heavyweight fighters,” and he’s done multiple interviews during that time.
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