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Oxnard Police Officer Sentenced to Jail for Workers’ Comp. Fraud

OXNARD, Calif. (KTLA)  — A former Oxnard police officer was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of felony workers’ compensation insurance fraud.

Edward Idukas, 28, told his supervisors that he had hurt his back on the job and was too injured to work.

The police department offered to let Idukas do desk duty, but he claimed he was just in too much pain.

Later, sources tipped off the Ventura County District Attorney’s office that he was playing baseball in an adult league while out on disability.

KTLA’S Mary Beth McDade exclusively reported that an investigation was launched and surveillance video showed Idukas hitting the ball, running, pitching and even sliding into bases.

In addition to being sentenced to jail, Idukas was ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution. He no longer works for Oxnard police.

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