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Plainwell Resident Sentenced in Insurance Fraud Prosecution
June 09, 2022
Media Contact: Laura Hall, 517-290-3779, DIFSemail@example.com
Consumer Hotline: 877-999-6442, Michigan.gov/DIFScomplaints
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2022
(LANSING, MICH) The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced today that a Plainwell resident has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to comply with future court-ordered restitution for submitting roughly $47,000 in fraudulent health care-related insurance claims. A restitution hearing is currently set for Aug. 2 in Allegan County.
Lorie Bevins was sentenced on April 18 on one count of misdemeanor larceny by false pretenses by 48th Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker. Bevins was accused of submitting 55 false claims totaling $46,800 against an AFLAC cancer policy.
“DIFS is committed to working closely with law enforcement, including the professionals at the Allegan County Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s offices to ensure that justice is served,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “Insurance fraud is a crime that hurts everyone’s pocketbooks, and I ask Michiganders for their support by reporting suspected insurance fraud online at Michigan.gov/ReportFraud2DIFS or by calling 877-999-6442.”
The case was originally initiated after AFLAC alerted the DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit (FIU) in 2021 to suspected fraudulent activity. In a joint investigation between DIFS’ FIU and the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, adequate evidence was found for the Allegan County Prosecutor’s office to bring forward four felony charges against Bevins. The felony charges were later dropped and Bevins pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
Bevins received a credit for time served for a one-day jail sentence. She has been ordered to serve 12 months of probation as a part of her misdemeanor conviction.
The DIFS Fraud Investigation Unit investigates criminal and fraudulent activity related to the insurance and financial services markets and works with the Attorney General and other law enforcement to prosecute those crimes. Suspected insurance fraud can be reported to DIFS safely, easily and, in most cases, anonymously by calling 877-999-6442 or online by visiting DIFS' website.
The mission of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is to ensure access to safe and secure insurance and financial services fundamental for the opportunity, security, and success of Michigan residents, while fostering economic growth and sustainability in both industries. In addition, the Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michigan residents. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/DIFS or follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.