“Wicked Tuna” Reality TV Star Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges
These are our favorite stories, partly because they’re reckless, but mostly because these fraudsters truly believe they’re invincible. According to Fox 40, “Wicked Tuna” reality TV star, Paul Hebert of Gloucester, Massachusetts, has been federally charged with fraud.
Hebert was claiming disability and the inability to work, all while fishing (which can be particularly strenuous) during appearances on the National Geographic Channel reality show, “Wicked Tuna.” We assume by the title of the show that Hebert wasn’t leisurely laid back in a skiff on the lake reeling in some small fish that could easily fit in your fish tank.
The indictment notes that between 2010 and 2013, Hebert fraudulently accepted over $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits. It also notes that while he was out of work and “disabled,” Hebert was “capable of arduous physical labor” and that as of October 2010, “he earned money through fishing and later through his television work.”
Guess Hebert has some infinitely bigger fish to fry in the upcoming months.