A former Baltimore police officer who now works for the Montgomery County police department has been charged with felony workers' compensation fraud, state prosecutors said Tuesday.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said that Montgomery County Police Officer Gilbert L. Payne is accused in Baltimore City Circuit Court with perjury and felony workers compensation fraud.
Payne left the Baltimore Police Department on a full disability pension in 2007, prosecutors said. The charges allege that Payne falsely testified under oath at a September 2008 workers' compensation hearing that he was not employed at the time, nor had he been employed since retiring from the city police department. In fact, he was working full time as a sworn Towson University Police Officer, prosecutors said. The charging document alleges that, as a result of this fraudulent misrepresentation, he received just more than $30,000 in payments to which he was not entitled.
The matter was referred to the state prosecutor's office by the Baltimore City Inspector General.
"Testifying falsely under oath and making false statements in order to fraudulently obtain additional workers' compensation funds is never acceptable," Davitt said in a statement. "It is particularly egregious, however, when such acts are committed by a police officer sworn to uphold the law."
If convicted, Payne faces up to 10 years' imprisonment on the perjury count and 15 years' imprisonment and a $15,000 fine on the felony workers' compensation count.
He could not immediately be reached for comment.