32 South Texans accused of defrauding Aflac

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested 32 south Texas residents in what they describe as a wide-ranging fraud scheme that bilked insurer Aflac out of $3 million over a decade.

The 32 - including a police officer, teachers and county employees - are accused of making fraudulent minor injury claims.

A Justice Department statement Friday said they bought accident insurance and with the help of two Mexican doctors filed minor injury claims thought too small to draw suspicion. In return, the border-city doctors received small kickbacks.

Prosecutors say the 32 submitted about 21,600 fraudulent claims between July 2001 and April 2010.

If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison for each count of conspiracy and wire fraud. Some indictments remain partially sealed, so more arrests are possible.

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