A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue inspector has been arrested for filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim, officials said Friday.
Inspector Anthony Dorta, who had been with the department for almost six years and was receiving workers' compensation for an on-the-job injury, was arrested on the third-degree felony after it was discovered he falsely filed a report claiming he hadn't received other compensation despite the fact he had been working as a handyman, according to the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General.
Officials said Dorta had received more than $143,000 in workers' compensation for an injury suffered to his knee in January 2011. While he was receiving the compensation, he was required to file a monthly report of any income received.
An investigation discovered Dorta had been panting houses and repairing interior walls while working for a consulting company and was paid for the work, but reported that he had no other earnings, officials said.
"The honesty of all government depends on the individual integrity of our public officials, such as Fire Inspector Anthony Dorta. Mr. Dorta betrayed the public’s trust by committing insurance fraud," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. "I commend our partners in this investigation, the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General and the State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud for their efforts in fighting insurance fraud and working to keep our local government honest."
Dorta has been relieved of duty without pay pending the outcome of the case, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said Friday. It's unknown whether he has an attorney.