Oh, Rats!


Florida officials announced that a former state corrections officer had been arrested for his faux-illnesses that led to over $2.7 million in workers’ compensation payments. The cause of said sickery–rat feces. Don’t you just hate that?

Authorities said that 47-year-old David Brownell filed a workers comp claim in 1995, stating the unsavory work environment at Glades Correctional Institute led to respiratory problems and a 24 hour oxygen dependency. Unfortunately for Brownell, video surveillance proved otherwise. Apparently he didn’t need the oxygen tank when playing guitar, attending concerts, driving and smoking.

Keeping in character, Brownell turned himself in wearing an oxygen mask at the time of his arrest. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released on $50,000 bond; potentially facing up to 30 years in prison.


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