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Would you shoot yourself in the arm just to risk jail time and being criminally charged with fraud? Former Police Officer Bryan Eubanks would, and he was recently sentenced for doing just that.
Eubanks is a former Newcomerstown Police Officer who was sentenced on February 12th for several charges relating to a fake report that he had been shot on duty last April. His charges included inducing panic, making false alarms, tampering with evidence, forgery and workers compensation fraud.
Eubanks received 90 days in jail, a $2,500 fine and 500 hours of community service.
According to Cleveland 19 News, an investigation revealed that Eubanks had shot himself and made up a story about stopping a car whose driver opened fire. The story also caused a widespread manhunt for the imaginary gunman.
Eubanks later admitted he was lying.
Eubanks’ attorney lays at least part of the blame on the former policeman being stressed to the breaking point, saying he suffering night terrors and telling Judge Edward O'Farrell, "Not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. He's not one of them."
On the other side of the argument, prosecutor Christian Sticken noted that Eubanks even went so far as to name a suspect -- a real, live innocent person. He added, "He didn't have to do that. He gave such detail, what clothing he was wearing. Things that were hard to see, they became suspicious.”
Eubanks has been fired by the police department and his peace officer certification will be revoked.
Workers' Comp Fraud, Ohio
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