Last month I posted this account of a disabled retired FDNY firefighter working as an active fire captain in another town. Today LAWeekly.com published news of an L.A. City firefighter allegedly collecting disability for nearly two years who is an active MMA fighter with a record of 12 wins and 2 losses.
—Prosecutors say that laid-up L.A. city firefighter Rafael Davis was caught moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter, under the name “The Noodle:” The 35-year-old was arrested at his Lomita home at 9 a.m. this morning 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.—
If true Davis gave a black eye to the profession and deserves the full weight of the criminal justice system to bear down on him.