Texas Woman Sentenced For Workers’ Comp Fraud


Austin. TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that a Travis County district court sentenced Paula Schoolfield of Arlington, Texas on workers' compensation fraud-related charges. The court sentenced Schoolfield to a one-year probated jail sentence and ordered her to pay $3,166 in restitution to Texas Mutual.

Schoolfield reported a job-related injury while working as a child case worker for Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram, Texas. She claimed she was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to her.

Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Schoolfield was working as a secretary at a hospital 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.

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