Carrollwood, Florida -- A former state corrections office was arrested, accused of faking an illness and collecting over $2.7 million in workers' compensation payments.
47-year-old David Brownell used to work as an officer at the Glades Correctional Institution in Belle Glade. In 1995, Brownell allegedly filed a workers' comp claim, saying his work at the institution exposed him to rats and rat feces that led to respiratory problems and 24-hour-a-day dependency on oxygen.
Authorities say extensive video surveillance shows that Brownell not only doesn't need oxygen tanks to breathe, but is able to play guitar in a band, attend a concert, drive and smoke.
Brownell, whonow lives in Tampa,turned himself in on Wednesday. He wore an oxygen mask at the time of his arrest.
He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, and released on $50,000 bond.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says if convicted, Brownell could face up to 30 years in prison.