In national news:

Twenty-eight defendants, from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, have been charged with various crimes related to their roles in a massive comp fraud scheme that involved bribes, unnecessary medical treatment, fraudulent billing, and the falsification of medical documents. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas, the defendants fraudulently billed the federal government (through the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Worker Compensation Programs (OWCP) for more than $9.5 million and collected $8.7 million. The statement, issued Monday on the authority of U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas, identifies the accused parties as “21 claimants, four doctors or medical providers, a senior claims examiner at DOL, a claims representative, and a medical provider’s employee” and says that “signed plea papers were filed today for each of the 28 defendants indicating their intent to plead guilty.”

Read the full statement from John Parker’s office here. Read local coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.

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