A worker at a Texas tech company is facing charges after authorities say she was given an inaccurate information form about a workplace health-care benefit she was asked to fill out.
Tessie Knepper, 33, was arrested Monday after the Department of Health Services said she was falsely told she could access a health-insurance subsidy program through the Texas Workforce Investment Partnership, a state program that provides health-related financial assistance to low-wage workers.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed that Kneeter had been arrested.
Knepper worked at the TechSci Academy in Tyler, where she received her certificate of qualification and received her employment authorization in January.
In July, she applied for a job as a computer-security analyst at a Dallas-area startup, TechSolutions, but she was told that the information required to qualify for the subsidy program was outdated, said the spokesperson, Lauren Smith.
She was told to fill in the information on the application and then pay $400 for the job, Smith said.
The company has since closed the position.
Smith told HuffPost she was upset to learn of the situation and was working with other employees to fix the problem.
She said Kneppers employment authorization expired in June, so she had to re-apply for the same position.
TechSolved is a company that helps tech startups hire and retain workers, she said.
Kneeters employment authorization was for a different job that was also open in Dallas, she added.
Kneser was arrested on Monday and booked into the Travis County Jail.
Smith said Kneser’s lawyer has asked that her charges be dismissed.
The Texas WorkForce Investment Partnership is an agency that provides employment-related health benefits and other financial assistance through a program called the Texas Workers Development Fund, or TWDF, according to its website.
The Texas Work Force Investment Partnership was founded in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Labor and a private equity firm.
Smith said the TWDP does not have an office or employees.
Techsolutions did not respond to a request for comment.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that the Texas DPS says it will not respond publicly to complaints about TWDPF.
The DPS also said it would not comment on personnel matters.KNEETERS attorney, Jonathan Wackernagel, said in a statement to the Austin American Statesman that he is not aware of any charges being filed against Kneets, but said his client has been cooperative.
Kneeer is being held on a $150,000 bond.