Texas Sign Installer Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

June 20, 2008

Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported that a Los Fresnos, Texas, man pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud-related charges.

A Travis County district court sentenced Hector Cuellar to two years’ deferred adjudication. The court also ordered Cuellar to pay $2,775 in restitution to Texas Mutual Insurance Company and complete 100 hours of community service.

Cuellar reported a job-related incident that caused multiple injuries while working as a sign installer in Pharr, Texas, according to the insurer. He claimed he was unable to work as a result of his injuries, and Texas Mutual began paying him income benefits.

Meanwhile, Texas Mutual uncovered evidence that Cuellar was working as a journeyman sign installer for a sign company in Harlingen while receiving disability income benefits.

Source: Texas Mutual Insurance Company, www.texasmutual.com

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