The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has struggled to keep investigators in its fraud unit, generating only one workers’ comp fraud prosecution in fiscal year 2014. WorkCompCentral’s Joey Berlin researched the lack of production and found it to be related not just to the lack of investigators, but also issues in the way referrals are counted in TDI statistics and reduced funding in the fallout from former Governor Rick Perry’s crusade against the head of the Public Integrity Office. Perry was indicted for vetoing millions in funding when unit director Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign. To date, TDI retains 28 investigators, just three are devoted to workers’ comp.
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