Firefighters are heroes. They sacrifice their lives to save others in peril. They control and extinguish fires and rescue people and animals from dangerous situations. These brave people need to be in really good shape and know how to handle heavy equipment. (The job is not for the weak, that is for sure.)
Today’s Fraud of the Day details the story of one firefighter from Santa Barbara, Calif., who recently went from hero to fraudster following an industrial injury that netted him more than $186,000 in disability payments. It was determined that he was moonlighting as a physical trainer while feigning a debilitating injury.
Perry Adam Lieber, 34, worked for the Ventura County Fire Department for three years. Online records show that he also worked as a personal trainer when he was off duty. (Sounds like a great job for someone who must be strong to carry out his duties as a firefighter.)
Following his industrial injury, Lieber made misrepresentations about the nature and extent of his on-the-job accident, as well as his true abilities. And he also misrepresented his income while receiving a disability salary. (Misrepresented is a nice word. He lied folks. Let’s be honest.)
Lieber resigned from the Ventura Fire Department and pleaded guilty to one count of felony workers’ compensation fraud. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of felony probation. Lieber also must pay $400,000 in restitution and fines for committing workers’ compensation fraud. (It’s a shame that his strength was weakened by selfish desires.)
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Former county firefighter sentenced 90 days in jail for workers’ compensation fraud,” published by Ventura County Star on January 16, 2021.
A former Ventura County firefighter was sentenced to 90 days in county jail and 24 months of felony probation after pleading guilty to filing a false workers’ compensation claim, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.
Perry Adam Lieber, 34, of Santa Barbara, pleaded guilty to a one count of felony workers’ compensation fraud relating to his time working for the Ventura County Fire Department.