Cop arrested for collecting disability while touring with punk band

Posted By Kristen Butler,  |  March 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM
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Christopher Inserra, 31, was arrested and arraigned Tuesday for alleged insurance fraud. The Gothamist reports that a complaint filed in federal court alleges the Port Authority cop was moonlighting in a punk band while he was supposed to be injured.

The complaint states that Inserra, who has been with the Port Authority for the past five years, claimed he injured his right arm while on the job. He consulted several PA doctors about the persistent pain, and collected full pay plus $31,486.66 in short-term disability payments from June 2010 to March 2012.

Inserra insisted he "continued to be in constant pain, had difficulty using his right hand, and could not fully bend his right arm at the elbow." During the period of his alleged injury, he continued to perform as lead singer of the Brooklyn punk band Cousin Sleaze.

He even went on tour with them in September 2011, leaving behind a trail of Facebook photos and YouTube videos that show him "violently flailing and thrashing" seemingly uninjured. Medical personnel who examined Inserra say his movements in the videos are inconsistent with the injury he claimed to have.

Inserra was released on $25,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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