An LAPD officer has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud after allegedly lying under oath about participating in martial arts classes while he claimed he was injured, officials announced Thursday.
Mario Jacinto, 40, of Diamond Bar, faces four counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and one count of attempted perjury under oath, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jacinto, who was arrested Thursday in Diamond Bar, is accused of misrepresenting the extent of his job-related injuries that he was receiving disability benefits for. Jacinto, described as an “Officer III,” is a 16-year veteran of the force and is assigned to Newton Area, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
Jacinto allegedly “engaged in activities that were inconsistent with his work-related claims” from October 2018 to January of this year, officials said in a news release. As a result, he received benefits that he was not entitled to, according to the LAPD.
The officer claimed he suffered a work-related injury on May 21, 2018. The DA’s office would not elaborate on what kind of injury he sustained.
While under oath during a deposition, Jacinto claimed he had not participate in martial arts classes after being injured, but according to the complaint, those claims were false, Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said.
He would not elaborate on how authorities determined that Jacinto lied about not participating in martial arts classes.
Jacinto was released Thursday after posting $50,000 bail, according to the LAPD. He faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in prison if convicted.
The case remains under investigation by the LAPD’s workers’ compensation fraud unit.