A Puyallup man convicted of making fraudulent workers' compensation claims must repay the state more than $364,000 when he's released from prison, a Pierce County judge ordered earlier this week.
Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming on Monday sentenced Christopher Robin Briejer to three years, seven months in prison. A jury convicted Briejer, 42, of 56 counts of first-degree theft in June.
Assistant state attorneys general alleged Briejer illegally obtained more than $366,000 in state benefits.
“Between Jan. 13, 2004, and April 28, 2009, Briejer received 121 state warrants (checks) totaling $258,944.64 for time loss compensation, vocational training in the amount of $31,651.12 and medical services totaling $75,295.11,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.
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Prosecutors argued Briejer knew he was not covered by state disability programs when he made the claims.
Briejer, a retired carpenter, has said he did nothing wrong and accused the state Department of Labor & Industries of harassing him.
He has appealed his conviction.