Exclusive: Group steals $1 million from Aflac with faulty claims

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Aflac is known for providing policy holders who are ill or injured and unable to work with supplemental insurance.

According to a federal indictment, several of the company's customers took advantage of that system- all with the help of a former employee.

Documents reveal Danielle Mahone worked in the claims department at AFLAC processing claims up to $50,000.

From July of 2007 to February of 2009, court documents show Mahone, along with the help of a co-defendant named Travis Washington, submitted fraudulent claims and received one unauthorized payment after the other.

Mahone and Washington also allegedly solicited co-conspirators- other policy holders- who provided their Aflac policy numbers and personal information to the duo to continue claiming injuries and disabilities.

The indictment states documents like physician letters, car accident reports, radiology reports and hospital records were altered and used to back up the faulty claims, all the players taking their cut of the pay outs.

Officials say this fraud case set Aflac back $1 million and that more indictments are forthcoming in this case.

Arrest warrants have been issued for those already indicted.

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