Court Orders Doctor to Repay $98K to Texas Mutual

February 21, 2013

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced that a Travis County district court convicted Howard T. Douglas III, M.D., of Hurst, Texas, and his company, Western Medical Evaluators, on felony workers’ compensation fraud-related charges.

Western Medical Evaluators, Douglas and his daughter, Barbara A. Douglas, were indicted in 2010 on charges that they overbilled Texas Mutual for the time taken to perform functional capacity evaluations.

Howard Douglas’ sentence of eight years’ confinement was suspended, and he was placed on probation for 10 years. Douglas was ordered to pay $98,411 in restitution to Texas Mutual, in addition to a $500 fine, court costs and other fees. Western Medical Evaluators was fined $1,000.

The court also ordered Douglas to report his conviction to the Texas Medical Board and to cease performing or billing for functional capacity evaluations and designated doctor examinations. The court denied Douglas’ motion for a new trial.

Source: Texas Mutual Insurance Co.

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