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Former Santa Barbara Police Officer Sentenced To Jail For Workers Compensation Fraud

A former Santa Barbara Police officer has been sentenced to 120 days in jail, and put on five years probation for workers compensation fraud.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Jacob Finerty claimed that he injured his back in an on-duty traffic accident.  But, while he was supposed to be off work recovering from the injury, investigators say the now 28 year old man was observed taking part in wrestling, and strength competitions.

Without admitting guilty, he entered an open plea to four counts of felony workers compensation fraud.  In addition to the jail sentence and probation, Finerty was ordered to pay $115,000 in restitution.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.