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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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