MLS referee suspended following worker's compensation fraud arrest

MLS referee Jose Carlos Rivero has been suspended after being arrested for worker's compensation fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.

Rivero, who faces two felony charges, allegedly collected over $14,000 in unemployment benefits while still employed.

“The Professional Referees Organization is fully aware of the alleged charges against Jose Carlos Rivero,” P.R.O. said in a statement to the Times. “Mr. Rivero has been suspended with immediate effect and will be not be assigned to any further matches pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”

Rivero, 33, has continued to work games since his arrest, including the Columbus Crew's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 19.

He refereed 13 matches last year and has worked 17 this year, according to P.R.O.

- Chris Johnson

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