As you know from HRSBT, it’s not a good idea to work another job (or two) while on workers’ comp. But a job as a professional extreme athlete who has a fan nickname and appears on TV—that’s not too smart. You might get arrested for insurance fraud—duh!
Los Angeles firefighter Raphael Davis claimed to be too injured to perform his job and was put on workers’ comp for 2½ years for a back problem, according to media reports.
However, at the same time, Davis, known to his fans as “The Noodle,” was fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) matches—and winning by knockdowns! His stats are easily available online (12 wins; 2 losses).
A full contact sport, MMA consists of a mixture of wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, karate, judo, and other styles of combat.
To make matters worse, Davis/The Noodle, who said he was not healthy enough to work, filmed his MMA training and posted it on YouTube. And he had a “The Noodle” Twitter page, too—also not the best idea.
Perhaps this is why the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Health Care Fraud Division had him arrested for disability insurance fraud. If he is convicted, he could face 5 years in jail. Maybe The Noodle should have worn a mask!
Do you have a strange but true story about the workplace?