Deputy Jailed 30 Days in Illegal Ticket Scam

January 27, 2012
FORT LAUDERDALE -  A former Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy was sentenced Friday after being convicted of grand theft and filing a fraudulent insurance claim, Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe said.

Shawn Terel Barber, 44, got 30 days in the Palm Beach County Jail and three years' probation plus a fine of $5,000 and restitution. He was facing up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

The trial evidence showed that Barber had planned to attend a Def Leppard concert at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood on March 29, 2008, but those plans were canceled for lack of a baby sitter at his Palm Beach County home.

The tickets were a birthday gift from his wife, Wendy, who paid $626.05 plus $24 for event ticket insurance.

To recoup the price of the concert tickets, Barber used his position as a BSO deputy to obtain accident report forms, through the Sheriff's Office, to support a fake insurance claim. The falsified report was used to claim $626.05 for an auto accident that never happened, according to court records.

The insurance check was made out to Barber's friend, Sharyn Iaboni, who later confessed to her role in the insurance fraud, court records stated.

Sources: Sun Sentinel
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