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OFF BEAT: MMA fighter works out deal on workers comp fraud charges


A Los Angeles firefighter who found himself in hot water when he was caught pursuing a career as a mixed martial arts fighter while on disability leave from his fire department job has ended his battle with prosecutors who had charged him with insurance fraud.

Raphael “Noodle” Davis agreed this month to plead guilty to one count of filing a false workers compensation claim. The plea agreement will require him to perform 200 hours of community service and he has repaid money he was paid by the city while on disability leave.

Mr. Davis was charged in April with filing false claims between December 2008 and May 2011, during which time he received $30,000 in workers compensation disability payments, prosecutors said.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, if Mr. Davis successfully completes the community service requirement the remaining three workers compensation fraud counts against him will be dismissed when he returns to court for sentencing in March.

A statement from the mixed martial artist’s management said that while Mr. Davis now realizes that his participation in MMA activities while on disability leave from the Los Angeles Fire Department “was not in the scope of his doctor’s orders,” doing so was a “misunderstanding” with “no intent of wrongdoing.”

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