Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently reported that a Travis County district court sentenced Ever Miranda of Horizon City, Texas, on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges.
Miranda reported an on-the-job injury while working as a pipelayer for Michael Mowles, Don Russell, Octavio Renteria, doing business as El Paso Underground in El Paso, Texas, and claimed he was unable to work because of his injury.
Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him, but then discovered Miranda was working as a heavy-machine operator for another business. 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 handled the case. Miranda pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor and paid $4,130.71 in restitution to Texas Mutual.
Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers’ compensation carrier when they return to work. When left unchecked, double-dipping and other workers’ comp fraud can lead to higher premiums for all Texas employers.
Source: Texas Mutual