AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas Health and Human Services director is accused of insurance fraud related to a car fire in March, according to an arrest warrant.
The Travis County arrest warrant for Jerrod Wytez Holton was issued May 13, and it said Holton knowingly provided false or misleading information about the fire.
HHS told KXAN it is looking into the matter and confirmed it has an employee named Jerrod W. Holton who serves as a Director II for the Texas HHS Access and Eligibility services division.
HHS told KXAN that Holton was placed on leave as of Wednesday May 18.
Joseph Aragon, Holton’s attorney, said his client, “denies all criminal allegations related to this matter.”
“We are confident that the evidence will prove his innocence,” Aragon said.
According to the affidavit, the Austin Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire in an empty lot around 12 p.m. on March 15. When firefighters arrived, they found a Jeep Grand Cherokee fully in flames.