A Boston police officer recently ended up on the wrong side of the law.
According to authorities, the detective, once honored as a department “top cop” for locating a missing baby, pled guilty to federal charges of faking injuries in order to obtain disability payments.
Eliezer Gonzalez, 49, recently changed his plea to guilty to 34 counts of mail fraud.
According to prosecutors, Gonzalez “greatly exaggerated and falsified both his injuries and ongoing physical issues.”
Surveillance tapes caught Gonzalez arriving at medical appointments walking slowly with a cane and accompanied by someone to assist him. But he was videotaped walking and acting just fine, even riding a motor scooter and sightseeing with friends in Vietnam.
According to Gonzalez, he suffered a back injury in 2007 when he was tossed on a cement floor while struggling with a suspect.
Gonzalez faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced June 3.
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