Christopher Inserra, 32, who served for five years with the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, faces up to two years
in prison when he is sentenced on August 5 at U.S. District
Court in Brooklyn, said U.S. Attorney Robert Nardoza.
He claimed he was unable to perform his police duties because of
a work-related injury from June 2010 until March 2012, filing
for disability while continuing to collect his $90,000 annual
salary, according to court documents.
The officer claimed he hurt his right arm in an on-the-job
injury that caused excruciating pain and loss of mobility,
according to the documents.
During the same time period, Inserra was the lead singer with
the Brooklyn band "Cousin Sleaze," whose "Sick Maniacs" album
features such songs as "Infection" and "Walk of Shame,"
according to court documents.
Video footage of his band performing in Northeast bars and on an
East Coast "Miles of Mayhem" show the muscular lead singer in a
tank top slashing the air with his well-toned right arm while
gripping a microphone, court documents said.
Inserra's lawyer, federal defender Michelle Gelernt, was not
immediately available for comment.
The former officer was ordered to forfeit the $30,466 in
disability payments he received, and as of Tuesday had paid back
$7,500 of it, Nardoza said.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg;
editing by Cynthia Johnston and Cynthai Osterman)
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