Blountstown Hospital Scam

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Blountstown, Florida --

Two people are now in the Calhoun County jail facing three counts of forgery and three counts of insurance fraud.

26-year-old Dallas Hogans and 34-year-old Cedric Simmons turned themselves in today after an investigation led authorities to them.

The two are accused of trying to falsify three applications for life insurance on an elderly patient at the Calhoun-Liberty Hospital.

Authorities and hospital official say it was a surprising, but isolated incident.

The Blountstown Police Department is calling it an uncommon fraud case.

"Normally if we work a fraud case, it's where someone's counterfeiting checks or stolen somebody's debit card or credit card and things like this, this was kind of a new one for us." Blountstown Police Chief Glenn Kimbrel said.

Police investigators received information about a possible insurance fraud scam at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital on Sept. 23.

According to the arrest report, Dallas Hogans and Cedric Simmons worked together to try and benefit from the life insurance policy of a 74-year-old female patient who was about to die.

Hogans, who worked there as a housekeeper, obtained some of the woman’s personal information from her medical charts.

"We would not have expected someone in the housekeeping department to do something like this." Interim Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill said.

That evidence was then used to obtain not one, but three insurance policies the patient. The policies totaled $200,000 and listed both as 50/50 beneficiaries.

Interim Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill emphasizes this was an isolated incident.

"We follow all the guidelines and compliance that we're required to and we even go above and beyond in some areas, this is new for this hospital, I've talked with some other administrators and this has really put their guard up as well."

Ironically, the hospital was in the process of switching over to a password-protected system for patients’ medical charts.

Authorities would not release a mug shot of Simmons because he was a state correctional officer.

Both face three counts of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud over $20,000 and three separate counts of forgery.

Hogans and Simmons are due for their first court appearance today, October 6, in Calhoun County.

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  • by The Truth Shall Come Location: Honestyville on Oct 6, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    "Ironically, the hospital was in the process of switching over to a password-protected system for patients’ medical charts." What difference is it going to make to switch to password-protected medical charts if...gasp...(A DESK CLERK) not the housekeeper was responsible for this violation of the HIPAA law and disclosure of the patient's information. WOW! Gee, how come this news article neglects to mention that...nor the two other employees (one of which was the DESK CLERK) that were fired in this predicament! I suppose this is all part of politics to make the Interim Administrator look like a hero so perhaps he can permanently become Administrator. Hmmmmm...makes you wonder. While the actions of the two parties that were arrested were certainly far from ideal, it would seem that we would be allowed the opportunity to read the whole truth and not just a Hospital Administrator's sugar-coated political version to keep his position!
  • by Danu Location: Tallahassee on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    Wow... this story isn't over... I bet Simmons also sells life insurance on the side for extra cash... what else could be the connection... unless there is another person in the loop that is likely sweating bullets right about now...
  • by Anon on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Bron: Obviously Cedric Simmons is NOT above the law, or else he wouldn't have been arrested. Posting his photo is protected by the law because he is (was)a correctional officer. There are good reasons behind that law. The focus should not be on the fact that his photo isn't posted or even the fact that he worked as a correctional officer. The focus should be on the fact that he has been charged with committing a crime against a helpless person. Unfortunately greed knows no bounds no matter what walk of life you come from or what your profession is. I know both these people and their families. They were raised well with good morals. There is no excuse for their actions. And shame to Simmons for giving his fellow officers a black eye. Your actions stain the good that the rest of us officers do.
  • by Bron Location: Panama City on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    I guess Simmons is considered ABOVE the law by the law enforcement system.. This does not seem to be fair for those that are not ABOVE the LAW.. COPS do hang together.
  • by ? on Oct 6, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    If Simmons is a correctional officer, what was his job at the hospital or did he work there? And where did he work that he was a correctional officer? Have they tried this before somewhere else? I know there's a law against putting LE officers pictures out but for about $3 can't you get his driver's license picture? We have too many darned laws. Send the legislature home for about 5 years - we don't need any more overlapping and stupid laws. If this guy did wrong - why should we protect him? I saw them put a juvenile's picture on a jail site today and he hasn't even been convicted of a crime and is still a juvenile. Our laws have gone crazy.
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