Corporate Surveillance Investigation: Employee Caught Working While on Short-Term Disability E-Newsletter Article

In the spring of 2018, a client retained Texas Investigative Network, Inc. to conduct a corporate surveillance investigation on an employee (Subject), who was suspected of fraudulently receiving short-term disability benefits. Specifically, this Subject was believed to be managing several of his rental properties while alleging that he can no longer climb structures (stairs, ladders, etc.), bend, stoop, squat, lift anything heavy, or perform any overhead work.

TIN Investigators conducted two weeks of covert, mobile surveillance and discreetly observed the Subject (on multiple days) performing general maintenance activities at his rental properties. Surprisingly, our Investigators also observed the Subject carrying two recently purchased toilets, and then loading them into the back of his van without any assistance whatsoever.

Our Subject was also observed carrying boxes of flooring and ceiling fans, working on an air conditioning unit, changing a flat tire, washing his vehicle, climbing in and out of his work van, and visiting local home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware). The above activities were all captured discreetly on high definition video by TIN Investigators, all while the Subject showed no discernible signs of pain, discomfort, or disability.

Corporate Surveillance Investigation Results

The surveillance video was then processed into a court admissible DVD format and presented to our client. Our surveillance video was supported by a professionally detailed report that evidenced our Subject’s true physical capabilities, and explicitly contradicted his allegations.

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Bill Pellerin Private Investigator

About the Author:

Bill Pellerin is the founder and President of Texas Investigative Network, Inc., a Texas Corporation founded in 1994. The company employs licensed investigators in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas, and conducts investigations for several major Texas corporations, law firms, insurance companies, and financial institutions. Learn more