Alleged ringleaders in Aflac fraud case appear in court

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  With their heads down, Danielle Mahone and co-defendant Travis Washington tried to turn away from our cameras as they were escorted to the federal courthouse in Columbus by FBI agents Friday.

Mahone, a former Aflac employee who worked in the claims department, and Washington are accused of working together to submit fraudulent claims to Aflac.

Court records state Mahone even counseled Washington on the paperwork and procedures needed to submit fake claims and in return, get unauthorized payments from the company.

The duo also allegedly solicited co-conspirators, other policy holders who handed over their Aflac policy numbers to continue claiming injuries and disabilities and keep the money coming- everyone allegedly taking their cut of the profits.

Danielle Mahone's attorney Mark Shelnutt tells News Leader 9 he and his client have just received a copy of the charges and so far, there's no evidence to suggest that she was the ringleader or orchestrated any kind of conspiracy.

So far, a dozen people charged in the case and have plead not guilty to fraud charges.

The government is not seeking detention for anyone in this case in the time leading up to trial.

They have been released on their own recognizance.

A thirteenth person indicted in this case is out of state and an initial court appearance is still pending.

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