March 30, 2010 1 Comment
Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that a Travis County district court sentenced Jason Whatley of Borger, Texas on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The court ordered Whatley to pay a $500 fine and repay $13,488 in benefits to Texas Mutual.
Whatley reported a job-related injury while working as a driver for Frontier Fluid Service Inc. of Canadian, Texas. He claimed he was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him.
Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Whatley was working multiple jobs, including maintenance worker and oilfield pumper, while receiving income benefits.
Investigators call this type of scam double-dipping because the claimant collects benefits for being too injured to work when he or she is, in fact, gainfully employed. Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers’ comp carrier when they return to work. Left unchecked, double-dipping and other workers’ comp fraud can lead to higher premiums for all Texas employers.