Florida Hospital Employee and Co-Conspirator Charged With Taking Out Life Insurance Policy on Patient

An employee of Blountstown, Fla.-based Calhoun Liberty Hospital has been accused of conspiring with his peer to take out life insurance policies on a patient of the hospital, according to a News Herald report.

Dallas Hogans, who worked in the housekeeping department of the hospital, allegedly worked with Cedric Bernard Simmons, a correction's officer, to take out three different life insurance policies on a 74-year-old patient by applying for insurance in the patient's name and making themselves the beneficiaries when the patient dies. The three policies totaled more than $200,000, of which Mr. Hogans and Mr. Simmons each would have received $100,000, according to the report.

The allegations first came to light after Phillip Hill, the acting administrator of Calhoun Liberty, came forward with suspicions that insurance fraud was occurring at the hospital. Two other hospital employees were fired in connection to the case, but Mr. Hill declined to reveal the names of the two employees, according to the report.

Read the News Herald report about Dallas Hogans' alleged insurance fraud.

Read other coverage about healthcare fraud:

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- Connecticut Medical Practice Settles False Claims Lawsuit, Will Pay $247K

- Two West Virginia Internists Face Prison Time for Involvement in Healthcare Fraud, Aiding "Pill Mill"

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