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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 1:00am

Health Care Fraud Means Prison Sentence

Federal officials say a woman has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for fraudulently collecting more than $87,000 in health care claims.

U.S. Attorney's spokeswoman Sue McKinney of the Middle District of Georgia says 39-year-old Nicole Bogan was sentenced Thursday for submitting fraudulent claims to the American Family Life Assurance Company or AFLAC.

Authorities say Bogan submitted false claims on cancer and disability policies between October 2009 and February 2012 related to medical expenses and missing work. Officials say Bogan admitted she never had cancer and lied about having the disease to collect money from AFLAC.

Officials say Bogan is also ordered to pay $87,355 in restitution and serve 3 years of supervised release.