A former Aflac associate was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison on a wire fraud charge.
Danyele Grothen pleaded guilty in September to one count of wire fraud. Her indictment states that between September 2004 and August 2006, Grothen sent faxes from Washington to Aflac’s Columbus office. Grothen used false pretenses about insurance claims for medical procedures that didn’t happen or weren’t necessary, which led to Aflac issuing close to $300,000 in claims.
Grothen initially faced 15 counts of wire fraud. She pleaded guilty to one count, and the other charges were dismissed, court records show.
U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land sentenced Grothen to two years, three months in prison, followed by three years’ probation on Tuesday. She was also ordered to pay $293,025 in restitution, court records show.