Reality TV Fisherman Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10:  Paul Hebert speaks onstage during the 'National Geographic Channel - Wicked Tuna' panel discussion at the National Geographic Channels portion of the 2014  Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 10: Paul Hebert speaks onstage during the ‘National Geographic Channel – Wicked Tuna’ panel discussion at the National Geographic Channels portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) —

A star of TV’s “Wicked Tuna” has been indicted on federal fraud charges. The indictment says Paul Hebert claimed to be disabled and unable to work while he was catching fish and appearing on the National Geographic Channel reality show.

The four-count indictment against the 50-year-old from Gloucester (GLAH’-stur), Massachusetts, was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. It alleges that Hebert accepted a little more than $44,000 in Social Security and Medicaid benefits between 2010 and 2013.

The indictment says that while claiming disability, Hebert was “capable of arduous physical labor.” Beginning in October 2010, it says, “he earned money through fishing and later through his television work.”

Hebert’s attorney, Robert Goldstein of Boston, says his client is innocent.

Hebert is due in court on Aug. 10.

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