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Cautionary tale: Don’t post your BMX triumphs on Facebook while collecting disability benefits from the state

Here’s a tip if you’ve been injured on the job and you’re thinking of collecting disability benefits from the state Department of Labor & Industries while still continuing your hobby as a BMX bike racer.

Don’t post your off-road triumphs on Facebook.

It’s a lesson that perhaps was learned by Tony T. Perry Sr., of Kent, who was scheduled to appear on Tuesday on a felony charge in Thurston County Superior Court.

According to a news release Tuesday from the department, Perry has been charged with first-degree theft. He is accused of “misrepresenting his physical abilities” while receiving more than $14,000 in wage-replacement payments from January 2012 to August 2013, according to charging papers.

The department alleges that Perry began racing BMX bicycles in early 2012 and has competed throughout the Northwest and Nevada. BMX racing, the department said, “is an off-road, physically demanding bicycle competition typically held on dirt race courses with hills requiring riders to jump in the air.”

Perry began receiving worker’s compensation benefits in October 2001 “when he strained himself lifting a heavy box, causing knee and other injuries, while working in grounds maintenance.”

According to charging papers, a state investigator “witnessed Perry compete in two races, and found numerous Facebook posts about Perry’s racing activities.”

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