Texas Mutual Reported Austin Man Indicted For 'Double Dipping'

Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that a Travis County grand jury indicted an Austin man on workers' compensation fraud-related charges. Wallace Sorrells allegedly obtained $6,197 in workers' compensation benefits he was not entitled to.

Sorrells reported a job-related injury while working as a truck driver for Brumley Professional Employer Services in Bulverde. He claimed he was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying him income benefits. 

Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Sorrells worked for another company while receiving income benefits. 

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. 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.

Note: A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation – not a conviction – of criminal conduct.

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 claimant fraud investigations. It recovered another $1.5 million from employers who tried to illegally lower their premium, and it prevented $300,000 in health care provider fraud and abusive billing.

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