Texas Work Comp Insurer Says Three Convicted of Double Dipping

February 17, 2009

Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced that Travis County district courts have sentenced three claimants, in separate cases, on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. All three were involved in double-dipping scams.

Double-dipping occurs when claimants collect workers’ comp benefits for being too injured to work when they are, in fact, gainfully employed. Texas law requires claimants to contact their workers’ comp carrier when they return to work.

According to Texas Mutual, the following individuals were convicted:

Sentenced – Gilbert Madrid of Odessa was ordered to repay $3,818 to Texas Mutual, serve five years’ probation, perform 200 hours of community service, and attend treatment and counseling.

Sentenced – Billy Morgan of Irving was ordered to repay $1,443 to Texas Mutual, pay a $500 fine and complete one year of deferred adjudication.

Sentenced – David Ercanbrack of Dallas was ordered to pay a $700 fine and complete 50 hours of community service.

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

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