Insurance fraud scheme in Michigan, 14 charged

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The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office, have charged 14 persons involved in an insurance fraud and theft scheme.

According to the Michigan DIFS, the 14 persons have been accused of submitting nearly $3 million in false insurance claims, in a scheme uncovered through a joint investigation with the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office.

The defendants submitted fake claims of injury to AFLAC indicating that they had received treatment at the Ogemaw Chiropractic Clinic with the intention to defraud AFLAC.

AFLAC filed an insurance fraud complaint with DIFS after it had paid out nearly $3 million in false claims for treatments that never occurred.

Sufficient evidence against the individuals was found by the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office and the DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit (FIU) for the Ogemaw County Prosecutor’s Office to issue charges.

They were arraigned in 34th Circuit Court in Ogemaw County and are pending initial hearings in front of Judge Richard Noble

The Prosecutor’s office charged all the 14 defendants with one count of Insurance – Fraudulent Acts, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison, a $50,000 fine, and the payment of restitution.

Two of the defendants, Tina Marie Friemark and Ashley Marie Ehinger, were additionally charged with two counts of Identity Theft, a felony that also carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison, a $50,000 fine, and the payment of restitution for each count.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed in the future.

The individuals charged in the Michigan insurance fraud scheme are:

  • Katie Mae Quigley, 40, of West Branch;
  • Anthony Lee McArthur, 36, of Prescott;
  • Richard Lee McArthur, 38, of West Branch;
  • Christina Marie Tanner, 51, of Pinconning;
  • Jeffrey Scott Kimball, 48, of Standish;
  • Stephanie Marie Witte-Mason, 37, of Alger;
  • Carol Christine Smith, 49, of Rose City;
  • Tina Marie Friemark, 50, of West Branch;
  • Amanda Nichole Hebert, 28, of Rose City;
  • Samantha Marie Petty, 45, of West Branch;
  • Melissa Marie Spencer, 39, of West Branch;
  • Ashley Marie Ehinger, 30, of West Branch;
  • Patricia Ann Hebert, 50, of Rose City
  • Julie Marie Peter, 44, of West Branch.

 

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Source: Michigan DIFS

Author: Greg