BALTIMORE – For lying to his commanding officer and to a worker’s compensation commission about a shooting incident, Baltimore police officer Anthony N. Fata was sentenced Tuesday to two and a half years in prison, all suspended, two years of probation, and 500 hours of community service.
Fata claimed that he was shot in the leg by another man during an altercation in a public parking garage on January 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.
On August 21, 2013, a Baltimore Circuit Court jury convicted Fata of perjury, workers’ compensation benefits fraud valued at more than $10,000, and misconduct in office.
“We take no solace in having to bring these cases, but the credibility and integrity of police officers is just as important as any lay witness, and when an officer violates that trust, we have no choice but to prosecute so that the public, and future juries, understand how important we value honest testimony in all our cases,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
The Baltimore Police Department issued a statement calling the guilty finding a “sad but just closure of the criminal portion of Mr. Fata’s actions.”
“Mr. Fata is now a convicted felon and the Baltimore Police Department will move swiftly with the internal disciplinary process,” the statement read. “Anyone who brings dishonor to this agency will not be allowed to continue in their service.”