WEST Branch, Mich. – Officials have billed 14 folks who designed faux harm promises through Aflac and mentioned they received treatment method at a Michigan clinic, according to authorities.
The Michigan Office of Insurance and Economical Expert services opened a fraud investigation last yr centered about the Ogemaw Chiropractic Clinic in West Branch, Michigan.
Officers said a group of individuals concocted a plan to defraud the Aflac insurance plan company by publishing pretend statements of personal injury. They would explain to Aflac that they had received medical treatment method at the Ogemaw Chiropractic Clinic, according to authorities.
“Fraudulent insurance coverage statements travel up the expense of insurance policy for everyone, and thanks to the hard work of DIFS’ Fraud Investigation Unit and the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Business, these criminals have been ordered by the court to return the cash obtained by their fraudulent scheme,” DIFS Director Anita Fox stated.
Six people have been purchased to return just about $1.5 million in link with the scheme. They have all been sentenced:
Carol Christine Smith, of Rose City, was sentenced to six months of probation and have to spend fines and restitution of $203,545.
Amanda Nichole Hebert, of Rose Metropolis, was sentenced to six months of probation and will have to pay back fines and restitution of $213,515.
Samantha Marie Petty, of West Department, was sentenced to one particular working day in jail, a person year of probation and will have to spend fines and restitution of $363,900.
Melissa Marie Spencer, of West Department, was sentenced to a single year of probation and will have to fork out fines and restitution of $571,496.
Ashley Marie Ehinger, of West Department, was sentenced to six months of probation and should shell out fines and restitution of $28,483.
Patricia Ann Hebert, of Rose Town, was sentenced to 6 months of probation and need to pay back fines and restitution of $84,075.
In Oct 2021, authorities introduced insurance coverage fraud and identification theft expenses versus the six men and women earlier mentioned and 8 many others. The group submitted virtually $3 million well worth of bogus insurance coverage claims, according to officers.
Legal conditions involving the other 8 individuals in the investigation are ongoing in 34th District Court, authorities stated.
Any person who suspects insurance fraud can report it online or by calling 877-999-6442.
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