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NC woman accused of faking cancer for insurance money

Posted April 24, 2018 11:07 a.m. EDT

— A Lenoir County woman has been charged with lying about having cancer to obtain more than $230,000 in insurance claims, authorities said Tuesday.

Susan Leigh Huebotter, 60, of 912 Joshua Creek Road in Deep Run, is charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense over $100,000.

Investigators with the state Department of Insurance said Huebotter filed 287 claims with AFLAC between 2009 and 2017 for cancer treatment and hospitalization, even though she had never been diagnosed, treated or had surgery for cancer.

The claims totaled $231,306, authorities said.

Insurance fraud costs American consumers about $80 billion dollars a year. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents of every dollar paid on insurance premiums.