Four get prison in AFLAC insurance fraud case

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) – Five people have been sentenced in an insurance fraud case involving AFLAC.

All five defendants were found guilty of committing health insurance fraud.

Four of the five defendants - Ronnie Moore, Steven Lester, Dontavius Dowdell, and Derrick Jones - have been sentenced to six months behind bars.

The defendants submitted fraudulent claims against their supplemental insurance policies with AFLAC to fraudulently obtain funds ranging in various amounts.

United States Attorney Michael Moore said, "We remain committed to prosecuting cases of health care insurance fraud. By fighting fraud on a local level, U.S. Attorneys can make a difference nationwide."

All five defendants must pay restitutions totaling nearly $175,000 combined.

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