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Major League Soccer suspends referee after arrest for fraud

Chicago Fire v Colorado Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 30: The Adidas Jabulani Game Ball awaits as the referees (L-R) Lineman Darren Clark, 4th Official Jose Carlos Rivero, Referee Jorge Gonzalez and Linesman Anthony Vasoli escort the teams to the field as the Colorado Rapids host the Chicago Fire at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on April 30, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. The Fire and the Rapids played to a 1-1 tie. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Jose Carlos Rivero continued to officiate MLS games even after being arrested and charged with two felonies on October 6th.

Rivero was arrested in New York on charges surrounding worker’s compensation fraud, claiming he collected $14,000 in unlawful benefits.

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He was allowed to continue as an MLS referee, most recently officiating last Sunday’s match between the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.

The Professional Referees Organization did not announce when they became aware of Rivero’s arrest, but released a statement regarding his recent suspension.

The Professional Referees Organization is fully aware of the alleged charges against Jose Carlos Rivero. 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.”

After joining the MLS as a referee in 2011, Rivero has worked 17 matches this year, the most of his career. Rivero was scheduled to be the fourth official for Saturday’s match between New England and Toronto.