SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A South Lake Tahoe man, who claimed he sustained a worked-related injury in 1987, was charged with fraud and collecting federal workers' compensation benefits.
Mark E. Leung, 58, was named in an 11-count indictment by a federal grand jury Thursday, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California.
Leung used to work for the United States Postal Service until 1987, and then never returned to fulltime employment while receiving worker's compensation benefits. From September 2007 through November 2012, Leung collected $160,000 from the Department of Labor.
Horwood said Leung had to turn in a certification form every year and had to get medical providers to attest that he could not work due to his pain.
The indictment alleges that Leung faked his disability. Horwood said while claiming he was disabled, Leung maintained a yearly ski pass for Heavenly Ski Resort and regularly skied for at least 40 days per ski season. On other occasions, Leung was seen doing tasks that involved arduous physical labor.
Leung is charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and making a false statement to obtain federal workers' compensation, Horwood said.
If convicted, Leung could face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.