'Wicked Tuna' star gets four years probation in disability case
Paul Hebert, 51, of Gloucester, will also pay a fine after pleading guilty to collecting government benefits while working on the show
A fisherman on the “Wicked Tuna” reality show was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine Wednesday, after pleading guilty earlier this year to collecting government disability benefits while on the show.
Paul Hebert, 51, of Gloucester, will also reportedly pay more than $53,600 in restitution as part of a plea agreement arranged with prosecutors, according to the Associated Press. He received the benefits from 2010 to 2013 while living in Barre, Vermont.
Hebert’s attorney Paul Volk told the news service that Hebert applied for Social Security and Medicaid benefits before he got the job on the show, adding the men felt the resolution to the case was fair.
The show follows a group of traditional rod and reel Tuna fishermen who work out of Gloucester. Hebert has been on the show since 2012.
It’s not the first run-in with the law for the salty cast: Captain Tyler McLaughlin was arrested for misdemeanor assault in North Carolina earlier this year, according to TMZ.