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Boston Jake On Trial For Disability Pension Fraud

The trial of a former Boston firefighter on mail fraud charges began this week in US District Court. Albert Arroyo, 49, took a disability retirement in 2008 following what he claimed was a debilitating slip and fall injury. Two months later he was caught competing in a body building contest.

Federal prosecutors filed mail fraud charges against Arroyo, and plan to prove that he was living a life that included playing baseball and competing in bodybuilding contests while claiming to be permanently disabled. According to prosecutors, Arroyo sought $65,000 per year in disability payments for life.

Arroyo’s lawyer claims that bodybuilding was “therapy” for Arroyo’s back injury, and that Arroyo was pressured into taking a disability retirement by his superiors. Arroyo faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.