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The Long Arm of the Law Reaches Phlebotomist

Ruth Castilleja of Baytown got caught for fraud after reporting an injury while working as a phlebotomist.  Texas Mutual accepted her workers’ compensation claim and started her benefits for income replacement.  That is until they learned that she was working, again as a phlebotomist but at another company. In the parlance of workers’ comp, this is called “double dipping.”  She said she was too hurt to work in order to get workers’ compensation income replacement benefits, but in reality she was not so hurt that she couldn’t work.  Her punishment?  Three days in Travis County Jail where she attended some classes on theft, and $7,100 to be paid in restitution to Texas Mutual (presumably to be paid from her ill-gotten gains). 

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