Another Buffalo Police Officer Accused of Health Care Fraud

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A second Buffalo Police officers has been arrested and charged with health care fraud.

Patrick O'Mara, 50, who retired from the force in March, is accused of faking an arm injury that he said prevented him from working.

O'Mara received roughly $600,000 in benefits during the time he was placed on Injured on Duty status, which began in 2005.

"He said that he was injured lifting two reams of copy paper," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

"Now there is some questions as to the severity of and in fact whether Mr. O'Mara was injured at all," Hochul said.

Last week, Buffalo police officer and former common council member Robert Quintana was arrested on similar charges.

O'Mara was spotted by federal agents playing the organ with his injured arm at St. Mark's Church in North Buffalo, where O'Mara was paid a salary as music director.

"People that defraud the citizens, that basically defraud the police department, they're a disgrace to the police department to every hard-working officer that's out there that puts their life on the line each and every day," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

O'Mara will be arraigned Friday morning at 11 a.m. in U.S. District Court. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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