State News : Texas

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System participants continue to pursue creative ways to exploit and defraud the workers’ compensation system in Texas. The efforts have not gone unnoticed – or unprosecuted – by the law enforcement authorities. Here’s a review of some recent convictions.

Husband of Truck Stop Employee Injured, Insured Fraudulently Claims He is an Employee 

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office obtained a conviction of James Russell Williams, the owner of George Wets Truck Stop, an insured of Texas Mutual Insurance Company, for filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. The husband of one of Williams’ employees was injured while changing a tire at the truck stop. Williams filed a workers’ compensation claim alleging the husband was an employee, and Texas Mutual paid workers’ compensation benefits to the non-employee husband.  A Texas Mutual investigation uncovered the fraud and Williams was referred for prosecution by the Travis County DA’s Division of Workers’ Compensation prosecution unit. Williams plead guilty and was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution. The DWC press release is availablehere.

 Copyright 2019, Dan Price,  Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP

Texas Carrier Fraudulently Billed for FCEs
Frequent, unnecessarily-ordered functional capacity exams (FCEs) tend to draw the ire of carriers in the Texas system, with some system participants questioning whether the FCEs are actually taking place. In at least one recent case, the FCEs were found not to have occurred as billed.

EME International, owned by Christine Caldwell, recently plead guilty to a third degree felony for fraudulently billing Texas Mutual for FCEs taking two to four hours. In fact, the FCEs did not take two to four hours to perform. The Company was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution. The case was also prosecuted by the DWC’s prosecution unit embedded in the Travis County DA’s office.

The DWC press release is available here.

Copyright 2019, Dan Price, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP
Federal Comp System Also the Target of Fraudulent Billing in Texas
In a grander scheme in dollars if not in design, Rafael Enrique Rodriguez, the owner of San Antonio and Salt Lake City physical therapy clinics, was convicted in federal court and sentenced to up to six years in prison for fraudulently billing -- to the tune of $7.5 million – the Federal Employees Compensation Act, Office of Workers’ Compensation Program. Rodriguez billed the program for PT services provided by a licensed professional when, in fact, such services were provided by unlicensed professionals. Further, the name of the licensed therapist used by Rodriguez in connection with the scheme was used without permission of that therapist. Prior to the fraud being identified, Rodriguez and Company collected over $6 million in fraudulent billings.

The Department of Justice press release is availablehere.

-  Copyright 2019, Dan Price, Stone Loughlin & Swanson, LLP