Two Indicted in Travis County on Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges
February 9, 2012 3 Comments
Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that Travis County grand juries indicted, in separate cases, Curtis L. Blankenship, Sr. of San Antonio and Melody Tendayi of Austin on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges.
Blankenship, a Texas Mutual policyholder, reported a company fatality involving his son as a work-related accident. As a result, Texas Mutual began paying death benefits to him. Meanwhile, a Texas Mutual investigation uncovered evidence that Blankenship knew the fatality was not work-related.
The indictment alleges that Blankenship obtained $39,000 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to.
In an unrelated case, Tendayi reported a job-related injury while working as a youth care worker for Youth and Family Alliance in Austin. She claimed she was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to her.
Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Tendayi worked for another company while receiving income benefits.
The indictment alleges that Tendayi obtained $5,762 in workers’ compensation benefits she was not entitled to.
Note: A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation – not a conviction – of criminal conduct.