Firefighter faces 5 years for fighting while getting workers comp

by Dennis Romero | source:

Employees who have filed for worker's compensation sometimes get busted by doing stupid things like skipping, jogging and engaging in horseplay while they're supposed to be sidelined by serious injury.

But, if true, this worker's comp claimant takes the cake:

Prosecutors say that laid-up L.A. city firefighter Rafael Davis was caught moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter, under the name "The Noodle:"

The 35-year-old was arrested at his Lomita home at 9 a.m. this morning on suspicion of insurance fraud, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney's office.

He was hit with four felony counts of insurance fraud, the office says.

Prosecutors contend that the Los Angeles Fire Department employee filed for workers compensation insurance between Dec. 2, 2008, to May 20, 2011, even as he fought in MMA bouts.

D.A.'s spokeswoman Jane Robison said the office wasn't ready to release more details about the case, including what kind of work-preventing ailments Davis allegedly claimed to have.

Davis was being held in lie of $30,000 bail. The D.A.'s office says he could see five years behind bars if convicted.

His records includes three fights throughout the worker's comp claim period cited by the District Attorney's office. He won all of them, two by "submission," one by TKO.

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Yelm site profile image  

4/11/12 1:11 PM by Yelm

 WOW at the stupdidty.  Do you know how cush a firefighter job is (not saying it isn't hard work)?  The benefits, retirement, schedule and pay are outstanding.  I can't imagine flushing it all away to fight mma. 

Darth Ryase site profile image  

4/11/12 10:06 AM by Darth Ryase

Looks like The Noodle....just got cooked.

GMan99 site profile image  

4/11/12 9:54 AM by GMan99

I don't know why anyone would take issue with the thread title. Can't fit everything with limited characters and the story makes it clear enough.

SleepBomb site profile image  

4/10/12 8:35 PM by SleepBomb

 watch the cornhole, dude

the geek site profile image  

4/10/12 8:23 PM by the geek

I guess the name wasn't in reference to the using of the aforementioned "Noodle".I guess the nick name "Poor Judgement Skills" was already taken.

TripVersion01 site profile image  

4/10/12 8:15 PM by TripVersion01

Wow crazy news. Noodle is a great guy and one of the more respected guys/MMA fighters in Southern California. He's always been a stand up guy and a family man. If my memory serves me correctly he wrestled alongside Tito Ortiz at Cal State Bakersfield.I'm really interested to see where this goes.

Slapsymaxi site profile image  

4/10/12 7:36 PM by Slapsymaxi

The Bellator fight he had was March 1, and it was on the main televised card...That's not the smartest move I've heard...Max

D241 site profile image  

4/10/12 7:03 PM by D241

 Please, Kirik, Mods, no need to apologize for the thread titles. The day UG news doesn't have a funny or messed up news title, will be a sad day.

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4/10/12 5:56 PM by Kirik

Apologies for any title issues. The full title that appears in the blog is: Firefighter faces 5 years for fighting while getting workers comp That is too long for the UG thread, which has a limited number of character, so when it was put up, it was put up as: Firefighter faces 5 years for fighting The story originally appeared in the LA Times with the headline: Rafael Davis, Laid-Up L.A. Firefighter, Arrested After He's Caught MMA Fighting -- D.A: Yahoo covered it with the headline: LA firefighter arrested for fighting MMA bouts while on workman's comp  

Glovegate site profile image  

4/10/12 5:51 PM by Glovegate

No. Everyone has had enough of this guy. We all know it's a mod who uses his(her) powers to delete posts in his threads and steal threads ideas and sometimes delete the original.This post is making me think it's you.