Paul Hebert, 50, one of the stars of the National Geographic Channel reality show “Wicked Tuna,” has learned the peril of being a celebrity. Hebert has been indicted on federal fraud charges after officials found it odd to see him on television working hard in the tuna business when he accepted $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2013. The Gloucester man had claimed disability, but he indictment says that he was “capable of arduous physical labor” and beginning in October 2010,”he earned money through fishing and later through his television work.”
First, as I have previously criticized the demise of the history channel under Abbe Raven, I am saddened to report that this is even a show on the National Geographic channel, which used to be a wonderful site for knowledgeable and informative pieces on nature and travel.
Now back to the case. Hebert was hit by a four-count indictment and is due in court on August 10th. Hunting down a fish that moves at 40 miles per hour and can dive deeper than 3,000 feet below the water is problematic when claiming work disability.
National Geographic is still posting his image with the promise that “one-time first mate of the Tuna.com Paul Hebert is ready to show his true mettle as Captain of his own boat.” That is precisely what the prosecutors intend to also show.
On his Facebook page, fans are leaving such notes as “So disappointed in you! That’s all I have to say but I could say more.”
33 thoughts on “Big Catch: Star Of Reality Show Wicked Tuna Indicted For Disability Fraud”
Him a star?? He’s lazy and surely no captain, maybe a deckhand or mate but surely not a captain! Motivation of a turtle who is constantly smoking. Maybe quit buying smokes and you’d have money to feed your daughter. At least now your able to keep your teeth white unlike they were in season one.
Paul, this woman I mentioned who has been able to save $18,000 is single. I have tried real hard to pair her up with a roommate, but she refuses to live with anybody else. It can be difficult for a single person to make it on her income, but it is doable if the stars align right. 🙂
@Jude – show me someone with a heart condition bounding out of a low-slung sports car like a gymnast and I’ll show you someone who won’t be having a heart condition too much longer.
You know I did ask her how she knew I had it. She didn’t say shoulders. Scoliosis can also show up as a twist in your spine and not just a curve. But my boss said she noticed it from the back. I have only a 6% curve, so it’s not that noticeable really. I did have lumbar spine surgery last year, so I think that helped it. Anyhow, that girl that was arrested was on SSD and I was pissed because she was so young, 21 with two kids, not married and living off the tax payers and abusing it obviously.
Lisa N – at 6% the only way you would see it is a sheer blouse and she is looking too close. I have a double scoliosis and only knew about it because I was dating a nursing student who found it while we were making out. 😉
Dull Dave wants to give this scofflaw more money. He’s probably on the dole and definitely a liberal Dem. His comment is one of the most stupid I’ve read in awhile.
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