Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently reported that a Travis County district court sentenced Christopher Colligan of Baytown on workers’ compensation fraud charges.
Colligan reported a job-related injury while working as a driver for Macro Oil Company, Inc., and claimed he was unable to work because of the injury. Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him, but it was then discovered that he was working as a truck driver for another company. 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.
The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation prosecutor in Travis County presented the case for indictment. The court sentenced Colligan to a Class A misdemeanor with one year deferred adjudication. He will pay $9,835 in restitution to Texas Mutual.
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.
Source: Texas Mutual