A Montgomery County, Maryland, police officer has been charged with perjury and workers’ compensation fraud.
Gilbert Payne was charged Tuesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
The 40-year-old Payne didn’t respond to a message seeking comment at his home Tuesday.
Maryland’s state prosecutor’s office says Payne left the Baltimore Police Department in 2007 on a full disability pension. They say he testified under oath in a 2008 workers’ compensation hearing that he was unemployed and hadn’t been employed since he retired from the department.
Prosecutors say, in fact, Payne was working as a Towson University police officer. As a result, prosecutors say Payne got more than $30,000 in workers’ compensation payments.
State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt says Payne’s actions are egregious because he was a police officer sworn to uphold the law.
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