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Insurance Company Paying for Fraud Investigation Unit at Travis County’s’ DA’s Office

For six months the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman have investigated a relationship Texas Mutual Insurance Company has with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. The insurance company has been paying for a four-person unit at the D.A.’s office to prosecute people accused of defrauding their company. Texas Mutual began as a creation of […]

For six months the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman have investigated a relationship Texas Mutual Insurance Company has with the Travis County District Attorney's Office. The insurance company has been paying for a four-person unit at the D.A.'s office to prosecute people accused of defrauding their company.

Texas Mutual began as a creation of the Texas Legislature to solve a growing workers comp crisis, but in 2001 it became a stand-alone mutual insurance company owned by policyholders.

We learn how and why it can still enter into partnerships like the one with the Travis County DA’s office as we talk with Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root.

MORE: Paid to Prosecute: Private Insurer Pays Government Lawyers to Pursue Fraud Charges (Texas Tribune, Sept. 9, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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