Former BSO Deputy Convicted in Def Leppard Ticket Scam

Deputy who filed false accident claim to recoup ticket costs convicted

By Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Dec 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:56 AM EDT
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Deputy Convicted in Def Leppard Ticket Scam

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Joe Elliott of the band Def Leppard performs on stage.

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Guess he wasn't f-f-f-foolin' anyone.

A former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who faked a car accident to recoup money spent on Def Leppard concert tickets was convicted Wednesday on charges of grand theft and filing a fraudulent insurance claim.

Shawn Terel Barber, 44, is facing 10 years behind bars when he's sentenced on January 27, Palm Beach County prosecutors told the Sun-Sentinel.

A 12-year veteran of the BSO, Barber was arrested and charged in the scam last year.

Barber had purchased four tickets for a Def Leppard show at the Seminole Hard Rock but his babysitter backed out at the last minute. Instead of eating the $630 ticket costs, Barber filed a fake accident report, which would have triggered the tickets' insurance clause.

His Palm Beach County neighbor, Sharyn Iaboni, was also arrested for allegedly participating in the scam.

Barber had been Officer of the Year in 1994 for his work with the Oakland Park Police Department.

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