For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6014

Lenoir County woman charged with filing 287 fraudulent cancer insurance claims totaling more than $230,000

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Susan Leigh Huebotter, 60, of 912 Joshua Creek Road, Deep Run, N.C. She is charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses over $100,000.

The NCDOI’s Criminal Investigations Division special agents accuse Huebotter of presenting both written and oral statements in support of 287 AFLAC cancer and hospitalization policy claims, knowing that the statements contained false and misleading statements.

According to the arrest warrants, Huebotter made the claims without being diagnosed, treated, or having surgery for cancer between 2009 and 2017.

The value of the false claims totaled $231,306.25, according to the warrants.

NCDOI special agents arrested Huebotter on March 22 in Lenoir County. She was placed under $250,000 secured bond.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers approximately $80 billion dollars a year. According to Commissioner Causey, fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums -- and it’s getting worse.

"I am determined to stem the tide of insurance fraud in this state in order to save residents money," said Commissioner Causey. "That’s why I am dedicated to the mission of our NCDOI law enforcement officers who investigate and prosecute claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud."

To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigation Division at 919-807-6840.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com

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