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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 the […]

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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