Baltimore detective found guilty for lying about shooting self

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore police detective was found guilty in Circuit Court Wednesday of lying about a shooting incident to his commanding officer and during a workers' compensation hearing.

According to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office, Anthony Fata was convicted of perjury, workers' compensation benefits fraud valued at more than $10,000, and misconduct in office.

"Today's guilty finding is a sad but just closure of the criminal portion of Mr. Fata's actions," the police department said in a statement. "Mr. Fata is now a convicted felon and the Baltimore Police Department will move swiftly with the internal disciplinary process. 

"This agency will not tolerate integrity violations and expects the highest standards of the officers who have sworn to protect and serve the citizens of this city.  Anyone who brings dishonor to this agency will not be allowed to continue in their service." 

Fata claimed that he was shot in the leg by another man during an altercation in a public parking garage on Jan. 18, 2011. Six months later, on June 29, 2011, he restated the claim during a hearing regarding possible benefits before the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission.

Perjury carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, while the felony workers' compensation count carries as many as 15 years. Misconduct in office is a "common law" that does not have a prescribed maximum sentence.

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