An MLS referee who took charge of an MLS game between New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew on Sunday has been accused of committing two felonies according to New York State Police.
It has been alleged that Jose Rivero collected more than $14,000 in unemployment benefits whilst he had a job.
It probably wasn’t his smartest idea. After all, being referee is a rather ‘public’ role.
Rivero has been charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree insurance fraud. The 33-year-old’s arrest occurred after an investigation prompted by a report in the Westchester-based newspaper ‘Journal News’ on October 9th.
He was released without bail and is awaiting sentencing.
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