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Ex-LAPD Officer Charged in Workers' Compensation Fraud Case

He could face up to six years and eight months behind bars if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer is facing felony charges for allegedly collecting workers' compensation insurance benefits before he resigned from the force in 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Michael Simon, 39, of Redondo Beach, is charged with two counts of workers' compensation insurance fraud and one count of grand theft of more than $950.

Simon allegedly engaged in activities inconsistent with his claimed injuries while he was off work on disability in 2015, according to the District Attorney's Office.

He also is accused of misrepresenting the nature of his injuries to his employer to collect additional financial assistance to which he was not entitled, said Deputy District Attorney Arunas Sodonis.

Simon was arrested early Wednesday in Manhttan Beach in connection with the charges and subsequently released on bond, jail records show.

He could face up to six years and eight months behind bars if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney's Office.

He spent 12 years on the force. 

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