Village Mills Man Sentenced to Jail Time for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that a Travis County court sentenced Clifford K. Franklin of Village Mills, Texas on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Franklin fraudulently received $1,453 in benefits. The court sentenced Franklin to 180 days in jail and ordered him to pay court costs.

Franklin reported a job-related injury while working as an equipment operator for Odin Demolition and Asset Recovery, Inc. in Deer Park, 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 Franklin was working as an equipment operator for another employer 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.

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