Wednesday, April 11, 2012

St. Louis Firefighters Are Bad; But "Disabled" MMA Fighter Takes Cake

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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St. Louis firefighters are notorious for abusing their taxpayer-supported pension with nearly half of all firefighters retiring with some kind of "injury" granting them a lifetime of benefits. Often those same "disabled" firefighters -- who say they're too handicapped to work -- go on to engage in physical activities like snowboarding or karate.

But the tale of Los Angeles firefighter Rafael Davis is perhaps the most egregious case of pension abuse we've ever seen.

This week prosecutors in L.A. charged Davis with four counts of insurance fraud after he allegedly competed in mixed-martial arts matches while drawing disability payments from the city's fire department. During three years in which he was too "disabled" to work as a firefighter, Davis (who fought under the ring name "The Noodle") compiled a 6-1 record as an MMA fighter.

Perhaps Davis should bring his bad-ass self to the St. Louis fire department, where pension cheats routinely escape the choke-hold of prosecution and can tag their union boss to rescue them from public fire?

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