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North Carolina man faces fraud charge after benefits application

Becoming disabled, even for a short period of time, is a significant event in anyone's life, and can bring a great deal of stress and financial hardship. On top of these types of concerns, one North Carolina man is now facing fraud charges after being accused of receiving benefits he was not entitled to. He faces charges relating to disability insurance fraud. The 42-year-old man has been arrested and is being held at a local jail on a $10,000 bond.

Authorities assert that the man filed a fraudulent application for short term disability with AFLAC Insurance Company. The claims were allegedly filed between January and May of last year. As a result of the alleged fraud, the man received over $6,000 in benefits that investigators say he was not entitled to.

With the assistance of parole officers, the man was arrested and taken to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility. He is facing four counts of insurance fraud, one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and three counts of obtaining property by false pretense. There is no word on how authorities were able to connect the man with this alleged crime, or what type of evidence they have against him.

North Carolina white collar crime charges can be stressful for anyone, and often require a valid and relevant defense in order to avoid conviction. Sometimes charges can be leveled against people because of mistakes in paperwork or other erroneous reasons. In this case, the man charged with cheating the system would do well to ensure he is aware of his legal rights as they pertain to the charges against him. Doing so can only assist him as he seeks to return normalcy to his life and beat the fraud accusations made against him.

Source: WECT 6, "Shallotte man faces charges in connection to disability insurance fraud," Sarah Crandall, Aug. 28, 2012

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