WFAA: ‘Tremendous conflict of interest’ | Texas lawmaker seeks to outlaw caretakers getting clients’ death benefits

Author: Tanya Eiserer, Jason Trahan
Published: 7:00 PM CST February 10, 2023

ARLINGTON, Texas — In life, Leroy Anderson needed others to care for him. 

Anderson had the intellect of a 10-year-old. He was also diabetic, schizophrenic and bipolar. 

He lived in what’s called a group home, here in Dallas. His caretaker was paid by the state. 

In 2018, the 49-year-old went into a diabetic coma and died. What his family learned after his death left them speechless. 

Four years ago, WFAA reported that Anderson’s group homeowner, and not his family, was about to collect his $50,000 life insurance payout after he died – revealing a loophole in the law. 

State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) is now working to change that. 

“When I saw that report, I was astounded,” Turner told WFAA in a recent interview. “I could not fathom that it was legal.” 


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