A woman from southern Michigan was charged with filing for more than $ 16,000 in false insurance claims, state officials said on Wednesday.
Christine Michelle Presock, of Marcellus, was indicted in St. Joseph County’s 3rd District Court on six counts of fraudulent insurance acts. The charge is a felony with a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $ 50,000 fine, state officials said.
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services received the case after Trustmark Insurance Co. started an investigation against Presock.
Authorities claim the 42-year-old lady filed six accident claims with the company between June 2018 and August 2019 for injuries she, her husband and two children suffered, state officials said.
None of the injuries happened as she reported, state officials claim. Investigators claim Presock received more than $ 16,000 in insurance benefits.
“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. We all pay in the form of premiums and increased costs, “said Anita Fox, director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.” The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit and the Attorney General’s Office are aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who commit insurance fraud. “
Attorney General Dana Nessel added, “Our partnership with DIFS continues to deliver results for the people of Michigan, as we work together to find and prosecute those who would exploit the system for their own benefit.”
Presock was released on $ 25,000 bail. A probable cause conference is scheduled for April 20. A preliminary examination follows a week later.
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