MARCELLUS, Mich. (WWJ) – A Michigan woman accused of filing multiple fraudulent accident claims has been ordered to pay back thousands of dollars to the insurance company she defrauded.
Christine Presock of Marcellus, southwestern Michigan, has been charged with six counts of insurance fraud – crimes that carry a sentence of up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $50,000, or both.
Presock pleaded guilty in March and was ordered on Thursday to pay $12,500 in restitution to Trustmark Insurance Company, along with costs and fees.
She was also sentenced to two years probation.
Officials say Presock submitted six accident claims on behalf of herself and her family to Trustmark Insurance Company between June 2018 and August 2019 for injuries allegedly sustained by herself, her husband and two children .
The only problem, officials say — none of those injuries actually happened.
Presock earned more than $12,000 in insurance benefits she was not entitled to, officials say.
Trustmark Insurance Company opened an investigation into the claims before referring the matter to the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Fraud Investigation Unit.
“When individuals deliberately file fraudulent insurance claims, the rest of us face increased premiums and costs as a result. I am very pleased with the collaborative efforts of our fraud investigation unit and of the Attorney General’s Office to fight fraud and keep premiums low and fair for the people of Michigan,” DIFS Director Anita Fox said. “Michigans who suspect insurance fraud can report it by line or by calling 877-999-6442.”
The DIFS Fraud Investigations Unit investigates criminal and fraudulent activities related to the insurance and financial markets and works with the Attorney General and law enforcement to prosecute these 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 the department’s website.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office “will continue to work diligently with our DIFS partners to hold accountable those who exploit the system for their own gain.”