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Insurance agent charged with fraud

Posted May 18, 2009

— A former Aflac insurance agent has been charged with fraud, officials said Monday.

Jessica Brandy Hinnant, 28, of 612 S. First St. in Smithfield, was charged with 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of insurance fraud. She was being held Monday in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Hinnant surrendered her insurance agent's license to the state Department of Insurance last June.

DOI investigators said Hinnant was working for Aflac when she reported that she suffered from carpel tunnel syndrome and that her husband sustained physical injuries from falling down the stairs in their home. She submitted numerous disability claims to Aflac between February 2004 and October 2007 and received claim checks totaling $34,921, officials said.

Aflac representatives questioned the validity of the claims and turned the case over to DOI investigators after Hinnant's husband contacted the company to determine whether any claims had been filed against his policy.


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  • shirleyr1 May 18, 2009

    Let us never forget how greedy people can be... l year ago when this crime HAPPENED!
    There is new information about a man accused of murdering a state insurance inspector.
    He is accused of killing insurance inspector Sally Rohrbach last May.
    Rohrbach was investigating suspected embezzlement at Howell's Dilworth Insurance Company before her death in Charlotte.

    Howell's case will be reviewed again May 21st.

  • DML May 18, 2009

    DB.... there are very FEW dishonest insurance agents. It's unfortunate that the ones that are spoil the good name for the whole bunch.

  • dbcooper41 May 18, 2009

    a dishonest insurance agent? come on now, who can believe that?:) she must have trained at AIG.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM May 18, 2009

    I have never had problems with State Farm, but back on topic, I can't believe stuff like this goes on and I'm still trying to get my deductibles and copayments from my medical expenses paid on a car accident that was over a year ago where the other driver was at fault and ticketed! With all the proof they are requiring from ME how does stuff like that get unnoticed that long??

  • momeeee May 18, 2009

    We have Alfac Accident Insurance and it is great - never got that kind of money though!

  • hdsoftail May 18, 2009

    State Farm could be charged with Fraud just about anytime, they have a license to rip people off.