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Ex-workers’ comp official admits stealing $500,000

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former workers’ compensation claims chief for the Texas Association of School Boards admits to stealing more than $500,000 from the group’s insurance fund.

Federal prosecutors say Herman G. Wilks pleaded guilty Wednesday in Austin to 10 mail fraud counts. He admitted stealing the money from the association’s risk management fund. That fund provides coverage for member school board unemployment and workers’ compensation claims, along with auto, liability and property claims.

Wilks could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for each of the 10 counts. No sentencing date has been set, but Wilks remains free on bond until then.

 

 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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