Texas Mutual Announces Two Fraud Convictions

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced today that two claimants were sentenced, in unrelated cases, on workers' compensation fraud-related charges. Michael Burnett of Graham, Texas and Connie Snowden of Bloomington, Texas collected more than $8,000 each in benefits they were not entitled to through a scam that investigators call double-dipping.

Double-dipping occurs when claimants collect benefits for being too injured to work when they are, in fact, gainfully employed. Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers' comp carrier when they return to work.

A Travis County district court sentenced Burnett, a shop and rig hand for the oil industry, to five years' probation and 100 hours of community service. It also ordered him to repay $8,736 to Texas Mutual.

Snowden, a licensed vocational nurse, was sentenced by a Navarro County district court to four years' probation, 40 hours of community service and a $500 fine. The court also ordered Snowden to repay $8,088 to Texas Mutual.

About Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state's leading provider of workers' compensation insurance. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers' comp insurance for Texas employers. In 2008, Texas Mutual saved or recovered $4.1 million through its zero tolerance for fraud program.

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