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Florida Cop Faces Jail Time For Def Lep Scam

Monday, December 19th 2011 08:00

The former policeman committed fraud and could face ten years in jail

The Sun Sentinel (via Hennemusic) reports that former Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy, Shawn Terel Barber, was convicted on Wednesday of grand theft and filing a fraudulent insurance claim, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe.

The trial evidence showed that Barber had planned to attend a Def Leppard concert at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood on 29 March 2008, but those plans were canceled for lack of a baby sitter at his Palm Beach County home.

The tickets were a birthday gift from his wife, Wendy, who paid $626.05 plus $24 for event ticket insurance.

To recoup the price of the concert tickets Barber used his position as a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy to obtain accident report forms, through the Sheriff's Office, to support a fake insurance claim. The falsified report was used to claim $626.05 for an auto accident that never happened, according to court records.

The insurance check was made out to Barber's friend, Sharyn Iaboni, who later confessed to her role in the insurance fraud, court records stated.

Barber will be facing up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced at the end of January.

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