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LA cop charged with moonlighting

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles Police Department detective has been charged with grand theft and perjury on suspicion he was moonlighting while on disability pay.

The arrest of Gilbert Barrow, a 12-year veteran of the police force, came after a surveillance team claimed he was working as a celebrity bodyguard while he was on paid leave for on-duty injuries to a knee and foot, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

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Deputy District Attorney Renee Korn said the alleged fraud occurred between Sept. 26, 2005, and this month and that the alleged attempted perjury happened Jan. 31, 2006, in connection with a workers' compensation claim, the Times report said.

"The taxpayers of Los Angeles provide excellent benefits for police officers," Police Chief William Bratton said in a statement. "We take seriously any misuse of those benefits and pursue criminal charges when appropriate."

If convicted, Barrow could face five years in prison. He was being held Wednesday in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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