Ex firefighter pleads guilty to fraud

LOS ANGELES - A former Los Angeles City firefighter and mixed martial arts fighter known as "The Noodle" pleaded guilty last week to filing a false workers' compensation insurance claim, the District Attorney's Office announced.Raphael Davis, 36, entered his plea before Superior Court Judge David Horwitz, said Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson with the Healthcare Fraud Division. He paid $30,000 in restitution and will return on March 6, 2013, for sentencing. As part of a negotiated settlement, Davis agreed to complete 200 hours of community service before he returns in March for sentencing. At that time, the remaining three counts of filing a false workers' compensation insurance claim will be dismissed. The Lomita resident was charged in April with filing false claims between Dec. 2, 2008, and May 20, 2011. During the same period, prosecutors alleged he was participating in mixed martial arts fights as "The Noodle."

********** Published: September 13, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 22