True Abilities

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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.




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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.