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 State: NY


Officer Accused of Singing with Punk Rock Band while on Disability


Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a police officer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with mail fraud in connection with disability payments he collected for a work-related injury while singing in a punk rock band.


U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a press release that Officer Christopher Inserra, a five-year veteran of the Port Authority Police Department, was charged with mail fraud and accused of collecting more than $31,000 from American Family Life Assurance Co. of New York based on false claims.


Inserra said he suffered a debilitating work-related injury to his right arm and was classified as injured on duty. He collected full pay while out sick for nearly two years from June 1, 2010, until he returned to full duty in March 2012.


Lynch said during the period when Inserra was classified as IOD, he performed as lead singer for the Brooklyn-based band "At the End of the World," which was renamed "Cousin Sleaze."


Inserra was videotaped freely moving his right arm in a violent manner inconsistent with the severe level of pain and loss of mobility he reported to medical personnel, according to the press release.


Videotaped footage showed Inserra performing at bars in Baltimore, Murfreesboro, N.C., Jacksonville and Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Athens, Ga., Lynch said.


"As alleged in the complaint, this officer dishonored himself and his department by sliding down the slippery slope of deception and fraud. This prosecution demonstrates that such a violation of the public’s trust will not be tolerated," Lynch said in the press release.


If convicted, Inserra faces a maximum 20-year federal prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.


The press release is here.


Source: U.S. Attorney's Office

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