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Health Care Insurance Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2012

                                      
                Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Veronica R. Kirk Scott was found guilty of 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 after a trial before the Honorable Clay Land, United States District Court, Columbus, Georgia.  Sentencing will be at a later date.

                AFLAC is engaged in business both within and outside the state of Georgia.  AFLAC engages in various types of businesses, one of which is to provide supplemental insurance (health care benefit program) to policyholders who are ill or injured, or both, and are unable to work.  Scott submitted fraudulent claims with AFLAC to fraudulently obtain funds ranging in various amounts in excess of 25,000.00.  Scott faces a possible maximum sentence of ten 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.

                The cases were 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.

 

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