Federal agents on Thursday raided the Temple medical office of Leslie Wayne Benson, a Texas physician who has been disciplined by state officials for improper bookkeeping and billing issues.
Agents from the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General spent the morning loading files into boxes from Benson’s clinic at 2114 Birdcreek Drive in South Temple. Benson, who also has offices in the Waco area and Fort Worth, specializes in treating injured government workers, according to his website.
“All I can tell you is that this is a law enforcement activity,” J. Krafels, assistant special agent-in-charge from the Houston postal inspector office, said Thursday morning.
Krafels said more information would be released once the investigation is complete. He could not say how long the investigation would continue.
Benson, a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, is listed as a physician who treats federal employees with workers’ compensation claims.
Records show that Benson was disciplined by the Texas Medical Board on Aug. 30, 2013, after a complaint was made at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
The board determined that Benson didn’t keep adequate medical records. It said the medical records for a patient were inadequate to support billing and didn’t have enough physical findings.
The medical records for three of the patient’s evaluations didn’t show details of the evaluations performed for the visits that were billed on the patient’s behalf. In addition, Benson referred a patient for an MRI and chiropractic therapy, but his medical records didn’t adequately document any objective physical findings on the referral forms.
The paperwork filed said Benson cooperated in the investigation but neither admitted nor denied the board’s findings. He agreed to the order to avoid further investigation, hearings and the expense and inconvenience of litigation.
In addition, Benson was required to give a copy of the order to all hospitals, nursing homes, treatment facilities and other health care businesses where he had privileges, applied for privileges, applies for privileges or practices.
The medical board required Benson to complete 16 hours of continuing medical education, including eight hours in risk management and eight hours in medical recordkeeping. He had to complete the training within a year. He had to pay a $3,000 administrative penalty, all requirements to keep his medical license, according to paperwork filed by the Texas Medical Board.
According to Benson’s website — benson-md.com — the practice is relied upon by injured employees of several government agencies, including the Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Veterans’ Administration, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Army and the Air Force.
“When you are hurt in the line of federal duty,” the website said, “visit the workplace injury experts at Les Benson M.D. P.A. Clinic in Temple, Texas. Our facility provides care and guidance throughout your healing process, from the initial onset of injury to receipt of your scheduled award.”
Someone who answered the phone at Benson’s Woodway office, 1220 Gunnison Drive, said the office wasn’t open and declined to comment when asked if investigators were at the office to seize records.
No one answered the phone at Benson’s Fort Worth office.
By Thursday afternoon, federal agents parked a rental truck in front of the office and began loading boxes of documents as evidence.
One of Benson’s employees, dressed in scrubs, exited the back door of the Temple office and told to a Telegram reporter that she didn’t know what was happening.