Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case
 The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding...
Judge: Case may proceed against Mesquite officer who Tased teen’s groin
 A federal judge has ruled that a family’s lawsuit against a police officer who shocked their son in the groin with a Taser the night he died may continue in a limited form. The Mesquite Police Department’s handling of Graham Dyer was detailed last year by the American-Statesman as part of the newspaper’s Question of Restraint...

Posted: 4 days ago

A federal judge has ruled that a family’s lawsuit against a police officer who shocked their son in the groin with a Taser the night he died may continue in a limited form. The Mesquite Police Department’s handling of Graham Dyer was detailed last year by the American-Statesman as part of the newspaper’s Question of Restraint...
Texas A&M rocked by flurry of sex misconduct allegations
 Texas A&M University is being rocked this week by a flurry of accusations by women who said they suffered sexual assault and misconduct while students at the school, and that what they described as the administration’s weak response toward their assailants left them feeling alone and traumatized. The outpouring of complaints began when...

Posted: 10 days ago

Texas A&M University is being rocked this week by a flurry of accusations by women who said they suffered sexual assault and misconduct while students at the school, and that what they described as the administration’s weak response toward their assailants left them feeling alone and traumatized. The outpouring of complaints began when...
Miles from anywhere, Texas military school faces closure
 In 2007, the Texas Youth Commission’s boot camp for juvenile offenders in Sheffield, a sparsely populated community in remote West Texas, was facing a crisis. The facility had long struggled to attract and keep staff. But with barely a third of its correctional officer positions filled, the agency (since renamed the Texas Juvenile Justice...

Posted: 25 days ago

In 2007, the Texas Youth Commission’s boot camp for juvenile offenders in Sheffield, a sparsely populated community in remote West Texas, was facing a crisis. The facility had long struggled to attract and keep staff. But with barely a third of its correctional officer positions filled, the agency (since renamed the Texas Juvenile Justice...
Regulators yank license of prison snitch befriended by FBI director
 Johnny Spinelli’s past overtook him this week. After a life crammed with a TV miniseries-worth of crime drama that careened from committing heinous crimes to helping prosecutors solve a notorious murder-for-hire, to a lifelong friendship with a director of the FBI, Spinelli had settled into a quiet career working as an electrician northwest...

Posted: 30 days ago

Johnny Spinelli’s past overtook him this week. After a life crammed with a TV miniseries-worth of crime drama that careened from committing heinous crimes to helping prosecutors solve a notorious murder-for-hire, to a lifelong friendship with a director of the FBI, Spinelli had settled into a quiet career working as an electrician northwest...
Windstorm association reverses course on bait shop owner’s Harvey claim
 On Thursday, Mary Ann Heiman was at the site of her Port Aransas bait shop, which nine months ago had been flattened when Hurricane Harvey roared across the causeway. Nothing had remained after the Category 4 winds passed. But Thursday was a good day. “Right now, they’re pouring my foundation,” she said. “I’ve...

Posted: 30 days ago

On Thursday, Mary Ann Heiman was at the site of her Port Aransas bait shop, which nine months ago had been flattened when Hurricane Harvey roared across the causeway. Nothing had remained after the Category 4 winds passed. But Thursday was a good day. “Right now, they’re pouring my foundation,” she said. “I’ve...
Hays County murder case evaporates as police lose a mystery informant
 For this fast-growing university city that still prides itself on its friendly, small-town quality of life, the startling crime news residents woke up to three summers ago seemed like it came from another place. In the still-dark morning of June 22, 2015, seven young men — most still teenagers — armed with guns and clubs had approached...

6:50 PM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

For this fast-growing university city that still prides itself on its friendly, small-town quality of life, the startling crime news residents woke up to three summers ago seemed like it came from another place. In the still-dark morning of June 22, 2015, seven young men — most still teenagers — armed with guns and clubs had approached...
Fired for calling a witness ‘attractive,’ judge opens a #MeToo debate
 Last May, two women who had accused an Austin neurologist of behaving inappropriately during their physical exams testified at a hearing on his medical license. Each said the doctor became visibly aroused while performing tests on them. He moved uncomfortably close, they added, and pressed up against them. Neurologist Robert Van Boven denied...

8:06 PM Thursday, May. 03, 2018

Last May, two women who had accused an Austin neurologist of behaving inappropriately during their physical exams testified at a hearing on his medical license. Each said the doctor became visibly aroused while performing tests on them. He moved uncomfortably close, they added, and pressed up against them. Neurologist Robert Van Boven denied...
HURRICANE HARVEY: Bait shop owner’s insurance payout thwarted by a typo
 Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape...

11:45 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape...
Bait shop owner’s Hurricane Harvey insurance payout thwarted by a typo
 Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.&rdquo...

11:22 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.&rdquo...
After placing city’s mansion on home tour, Lago Vista feels estate envy
 “Welcome to my house!” Trisha Upchurch said, spreading her arms to take in the high-ceiling foyer. To her left, a large coat of arms hung over the fireplace. Behind her, glass doors opened to an expansive patio and the infinity-edge pool; and, beyond that, a stunning view over the length of Lake Travis. This past weekend, the...

2:10 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

“Welcome to my house!” Trisha Upchurch said, spreading her arms to take in the high-ceiling foyer. To her left, a large coat of arms hung over the fireplace. Behind her, glass doors opened to an expansive patio and the infinity-edge pool; and, beyond that, a stunning view over the length of Lake Travis. This past weekend, the...