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South Lake Tahoe man sentenced to prison for workers’ comp fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service employee from South Lake Tahoe has received a one-year prison sentence for making a false statement to obtain workers’ compensation.

Mark E. Leung, 60, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez. In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Leung to pay $160,000 in restitution, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Court documents indicate Leung worked for the U.S. Postal Service until 1987, when he claimed he suffered a work-related injury. He never returned to full-time employment with the Postal Service and began receiving workers’ compensation benefits in 1987.

From September 2007 through November 2012, Leung received approximately $160,000 in benefits from the Department of Labor, which administers the program for the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said. To obtain the benefits, Leung submitted an annual certification form and had his medical providers attest that he could not perform any work due to the pain that limited his mobility and range of movement.

But while claiming he was totally disabled for employment, Leung maintained a yearly ski pass for Heavenly Ski Resort, where he regularly skied at least 40 days per ski season, authorities said. In addition, they said, Leung was observed performing arduous physical labor on numerous days.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.