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Former CEO accused of cheating employees out of health insurance

Posted January 3, 2013

— The former president and chief executive officer of a defunct behavioral health care company has been charged with failing to pay insurance premiums for her employees, the state Department of Insurance announced Thursday.

Rebecca Horne Wood, 36, of 2338 Dove Court in Rocky Mount, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of failing to pay premiums deducted from employee pay and failing to notify employees of insurance cancellation, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said.

Investigators said that Horne Wood, who headed Alpha/Omega Health Care in Raleigh, collected insurance premiums from her employees but failed to forward the money to the group health insurance provider from Nov. 30, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010. The employees’ insurance was subsequently canceled.

Goodwin said Horne Wood was arrested in Nash County and held under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Her first schedule court appearance is Friday.

The company closed in March 2010 and filed for bankruptcy in April 2010, according to the department.


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  • Terkel Jan 4, 1:59 p.m.

    This was not intended as a confrontation, so I'll rephrase it.

    The Dept of Labor, paid for by your tax money, is there to help when employers do stuff like this. Take advantage.

  • djofraleigh Jan 4, 12:54 p.m.

    CEO is such a bad word anymore...

  • bhdavis32 Jan 4, 9:11 a.m.

    I was one of those vitims!! For six months they took Aflac insurance out of my check for dental and cancer. Now I have over a $1,000.00 dental bill that I am trying to pay off because of her careless judgements. We had no support in the office I worked in, we came to work there was no lights, no water and they expected us to still work. Checks were always late, never received my last check for Jan. 2010 until March of that year and had to call the authorities to get that plus call her everyday. They owe me a total of $6,000.00 plus the $1,500 in dental bills!!

  • FairPlay Jan 4, 8:23 a.m.

    Even though she had issues stealing from employees is wrong. A lie is a lie and a crook is a crook. She posted all the time on Craigslist and many people posted warnings "do not work there".

  • email4grant Jan 3, 5:38 p.m.

    I worked at Alpha Omega and quit in October of 2009. Big mistake working there, but ironically I quit my previous job because they stopped offering health insurance. Alpha Omega looked great on the outside: slick HQ, awesome teleconference equipment, company cars, and statewide offices, but it wasn't long before I found trouble in paradise. Calls and faxes from collection agencies, late payroll, and overwhelmed upper management (the founder had a debilitating stroke 6 months prior and put the wrong people in charge), and repo'd cars made me see the light. I don't think Ms. Wood was trying to rip people off - she just didn't have the income stream and the where with all to overcome it. Things just keep getting worse for the Wood/Horne family. Their biggest mistake was not closing their doors earlier, but after 20 years in business that isn't easy to do.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 3, 4:22 p.m.

    Couldn't have been much for only $5k in bond.


    Don't matter the amount. She was dead wrong.

  • ripetomatoes Jan 3, 4:09 p.m.

    How much money did this criminal steal?
    Couldn't have been much for only $5k in bond.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 3, 3:55 p.m.

    Bond is too low, what she did, it should been around 200,000 for felony larcency.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 3, 3:47 p.m.

    charged with failing to pay insurance premiums for her employees,

    Glad she was caught and charge. She would not want no one doing that to her. Abuse of authority!!

  • westernwake1 Jan 3, 3:46 p.m.

    "Goodwin said Woods was arrested in Nash County and held under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Her first schedule court appearance is Friday."

    Only a $5,000 bond? The bond for a crime like this that leaves many people stuck for thousands of dollars in medical bills should be closer to $500,000.