Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported today that a Travis County district court sentenced Richard Merriman of Bryan, Texas, on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. The court sentenced Merriman to two years’ deferred adjudication and ordered him to pay $3,197 in restitution to Texas Mutual.
Merriman reported a job-related injury while working as a security guard for HVP Private Security, Inc. in San Antonio. He claimed he was unable to work as a result of the injury, and Texas Mutual began paying income benefits to him.
A Texas Mutual investigation subsequently determined that Merriman had lied on benefits application forms regarding his employment status, causing Texas Mutual to pay him supplemental income benefits he was not entitled to.