Woman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 31, 2013|
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Nicole Bogan, age 39, of Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Judge in Columbus, Georgia, on May 30, 2013, for health care fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 1347(a)(2). After entering a plea of guilty to health care fraud, Judge Land sentenced Ms. Bogan to 10 months to serve in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $87,355 to American Family Life Assurance Corporation (AFLAC), and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.
In entering a plea of guilty to count one of the information, Ms. Bogan admitted that between the dates of October 12, 2009 and February 9, 2012, she fraudulently collected $87,355 from AFLAC. During the relevant time period, Ms. Bogan submitted numerous fraudulent claim forms on a cancer policy as well as a disability policy relating to medical expenses and missed work stemming from a purported bout with cancer. As part of her plea, Ms. Bogan admitted that she never, in fact, had cancer and had lied about having the disease in order to collect payments to which she was not entitled from AFLAC.
“As we continue to prosecute health care fraud cases, we are forcing defendants like Ms. Bogan to pay for their crime and rooting out fraud one defendant at a time,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Crawford Seals.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2602.