Wife of slain Texas trucking tycoon sentenced to probation in $9 million fraud case

Wife of slain Texas trucking tycoon sentenced to probation in  million fraud case

Frances Hall was convicted in 2016 of murdering her husband, Bill Hall Jr. Hall pleaded not guilty Wednesday to workers’ compensation fraud charges. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Frances Hall was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading not guilty to charges she participated in a multimillion-dollar fraud while co-owning Bill Hall Jr. Trucking in San Antonio, Texas.

Hall was sentenced Wednesday in the 147th District Court in Austin, Texas. As part of her no contest plea, Hall will also have to pay $150,000 in restitution.

A stay of sentence is a type of probation in criminal cases that allows a defendant to avoid conviction by remaining in the community and fulfilling certain conditions.

In 2022, Hall was charged with providing false payroll information over a seven-year period to avoid more than $9 million in insurance premium payments while she co-owned the company with her late husband, Bill Hall Jr.

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Prosecutors said insurance fraud is far from a victimless crime. Jessica Bergeman, the Travis County prosecutor who obtained the indictment, is a member of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation’s prosecution unit.

“The Texas workers’ compensation system is funded by employer contributions,” Bergeman said in a statement. “The system relies on the integrity of all those involved to ensure that workers’ compensation is sustainable and able to protect injured workers.”

Hall’s attorney, Leigh Cutter, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hall made national headlines in 2016 when she was convicted in the death of her husband of 32 years, Bill Hall Jr.

Together, the couple founded Bill Hall Jr. Trucking, which hauled gravel and other materials for road construction. The hauler is still in business, operating as Iron Horse Transportation and Construction with a fleet of 44 trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In 2013, Bill Hall Jr. hit his husband’s motorcycle on a San Antonio highway while chasing his mistress, who was in another vehicle on the same road. Bill Hall Jr. was following his mistress’s vehicle on his motorcycle. Frances Hall said it was an accident.

Hall was convicted of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2016. She was sentenced to two years in prison — the lightest possible sentence — after jurors found she acted with “sudden passion.” Hall was released from prison in 2018.