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SENTENCING IN HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2012

             Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Veronica R. Kirk Scott was sentenced to serve nine (9) months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, followed by three (3) years supervised release, a $100.00 assessment fee, and ordered to pay $26,995.00 restitution to American Family Life Assurance Company, also known as AFLAC.  Ms. Scott was sentenced on May 1, 2012, before the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Court, Columbus, Georgia.

                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, Sections 1347(2) and 2, after a trial in January, 2012.

                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

                “These types of cases have a far-reaching effect and are a priority of the Department of Justice,” Moore said.

                The case was investigated by Agents of the 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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