News and Press Releases

Health care insurance Fraud

August 4, 2011

                Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that six defendants 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.  Sentencing has been set for December 8, 2011.

                Defendant                                                                               Case Number

                Rayburn Wilson, age 29, Columbus, GA                  4:11-CR-09-CDL
                Dontavius Dowdell age 29, Columbus, GA               4:11-CR-10-CDL
                Derrick Jones, age 43, Columbus, GA                      4:11-CR-11-CDL
                Steven Lester, age 28, Marietta, GA                           4:11-CR-12-CDL
                Camille Toney, age 23, Phenix City, AL                   4:11-CR-15-CDL
                Ronnie Moore, age 47, Columbus, GA                    4:11-CR-13-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 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.