Maria Caceres, an Indiana travel agent, was sentenced last week to 30 months in federal prison following her wire fraud conviction, to which she previously pleaded guilty.
According to court records, Caceres, 56, was employed by Seven Corners, a travel insurance company based in Carmel. Between May 2011 and September 2016, Caceres prepared and submitted thirty fraudulent insurance claims to Seven Corners totaling over $650,000. As part of the scheme, Caceres and his accomplices created fictitious names under which they purchased insurance policies from the victim company.
Caceres and his accomplices created fake email addresses on behalf of a hospital in Venezuela and submitted claims to the victim company for alleged emergency medical services provided to the fictitious people while traveling internationally. The US Department of Justice claims that none of these expenses were ever incurred and that Caceres had created artificial customer accounts and false documents to support the claims. As a result of the fraud, the victim company paid more than $588,000 into accounts controlled by Caceres’ accomplices.
Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and FBI Special Agent in Charge in Indianapolis, Herbert J. Stapleton, made the announcement.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. As part of the sentence, Judge Young ordered that the defendant be monitored by the US probation office for a year after her release from prison. Caceres was also ordered to pay more than $496,000.00 in restitution.
Source: United States Department of Justice
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