August 12, 2010 2 Comments
Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced that a Travis County grand jury indicted Howard T. Douglas, III M.D. of Hurst; his daughter, Barbara A. Douglas of Denton; and her company, Western Medical Evaluators, on felony workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The indictments were the results of an investigation conducted by Texas Mutual.
Western Medical Evaluators provided functional capacity evaluations to injured workers in Texas. The indictments allege that between February 2007 and July 2008, Douglas, his daughter, and Western Medical overbilled Texas Mutual for the time taken to perform evaluations.
The Western Medical Evaluators investigation was part of the Texas Mutual zero tolerance for fraud policy. Texas Mutual maintains three teams of investigators permanently assigned to investigate every report of suspected fraud.
Note: A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation – not a conviction – of a criminal conduct.