Professional Football Player Indicted in Texas for Workers’ Comp Fraud

April 14, 2006

Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported that the Lubbock County grand jury indicted Shaheed Richardson on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Richardson allegedly collected $1,534 in workers’ compensation benefits he was not entitled to receive.

Richardson reported a job-related injury while playing professional arena football for the Amarillo Dusters. His doctor placed him in off-work status, and Texas Mutual Insurance Company began paying him workers’ compensation income benefits.

Meanwhile, Texas Mutual Insurance Company uncovered evidence that Richardson played professional arena football in a different league while he collected benefits. State law requires injured workers to contact their workers’ compensation insurance carrier when they return to work.

The Richardson investigation was part of the Texas Mutual “zero tolerance for fraud” policy. Texas Mutual Insurance Company maintains three teams of investigators permanently assigned to investigate every report of suspected fraud.

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

Source: Texas Mutual Insurance Company

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