Former Firefighter Charged With $148k In Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Liz Carey

Santa Barbara, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A former Ventura County firefighter has been charged with workers’ compensation fraud, according to the Venture County District Attorney Greg Totten.

Perry Adam Lieber, 34, worked for Ventura County as a firefighter for three years, according to a press release from Totten’s office. Totten charged Lieber with two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud, and one felony count of perjury.

“It is alleged that Lieber made material misrepresentations concerning the nature and extent of an industrial injury, as well his true physical abilities. It is also alleged he misrepresented the true state of his income while receiving a disability salary and lied under oath during a deposition,” Totten said in a press release. “Victim agencies, including York Risk Services and the County of Ventura, are alleged to have sustained losses of approximately $148,177.”

According to Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire Department, Lieber resigned from the agency in early March.

“The department is not surprised by the charges the DA’s office has brought against Mr. Lieber,” Lorenzen told the VC Star newspaper. “We were aware of a number of irregularities during the last portion of his career. We brought those to the attention of the county risk management unit.”

Prosecutors would not elaborate on the details of the investigation, saying the case was still open and active.

Online records indicate Lieber’s occupation was as a personal trainer. Lieber was arrested last Friday afternoon and booked into the Ventura County jail, then released 10 hours later after posting bail. He is scheduled for an arraignment at 9 a.m., July 10. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail, as well as a fine of up to twice the amount of the fraud damages, prosecutors said.

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