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‘Wicked Tuna’ Fisherman Indicted for Social Security Disability Fraud

Fifty-one-year-old Gloucester, Massachusetts resident Paul Hebert was sentenced to four years on probation last Wednesday, June 8 after he was discovered to be working as a fisherman while simultaneously receiving Social Security disability benefits. Hebert is the star of the National Geographic Channel’s reality show ‘Wicked Tuna’, which captures the life of a bluefin tuna fisherman in Gloucester.

Hebert was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $53,600 in restitution as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Hebert was charged last year with obtaining over $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid disability benefits from 2010 to 2013. Department of Health and Human Services Boston special agent-in-charge Phillip Coyne claimed: “It is outrageous that Paul Hebert pretended to be disabled and poor in order to collect Medicaid benefits while at the same time starring as a captain of a fishing boat in a national TV reality show.”

If you have issues or concerns regarding the Social Security Disability Insurance program, or if you need legal help when filing or appealing your Social Security disability benefit claim, the San Antonio attorneys at Chris Mayo Law Firm may be able to help you. Call our offices at (210) 899-5440 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your personal situation.