Health Care Insurance Fraud
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2010|
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that on November 23, 2010, 11 defendants each entered pleas of guilty to one count of health care insurance fraud against American Family Life Assurance Company, also known as AFLAC, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1347(2) and 18 United States Code Section 2, before the Honorable Clay Land, United States District Court, Columbus, Georgia.
|Benita Denys Cash||4:10-CR-24-001 (CDL)|
|Stephanie S. Ervin||4:10-CR-33-001 (CDL)|
|Candace Garcia||4:10-CR-32-001 (CDL)|
|Maurice D. Hinkle||4:10-CR-31-001 (CDL)|
|Quandra Renee Jones||4:10-CR-30-001 (CDL)|
|Danielle Mahone||4:10-CR-26-001 (CDL)|
|Jarvis Sinclair Miles||4:10-CR-29-001 (CDL)|
|Castoreo J. Milsap||4:10-CR-28-001 (CDL)|
|Adraine Moore||4:10-CR-27-001 (CDL)|
|Jesus De La Torre||4:10-CR-23-001 (CDL)|
|Shawnea De La Torre||4:10-CR-22-001 (CDL)|
AFLAC is engaged in business both within and outside the state of Georgia. While AFLAC engages in various types of businesses, its primary function is to provide supplemental insurance (health care benefit program) to policyholders who are ill or injured, or both, and are unable to work. Each defendant submitted fraudulent claims against their supplemental insurance policies with AFLAC to fraudulently obtain funds ranging in various amounts from $243.75 to $67,105.00. AFLAC’s actual loss was more than $500,000.00. Each defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, or both, and three years of supervised release. “These types of cases have a far-reaching effect and are a priority of the Department of Justice,” Moore said.
Sentencing for each defendant will be scheduled by the court at a later date. The case was investigated by Special Agent David Whitlow, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Verda Colvin.
For additional information please contact Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist at (478) 621-2602.