5 linked to alleged Aflac scam appear in court

Five people linked by authorities to an alleged scam that bilked Aflac out of close to $1 million appeared in federal court on Thursday.

Shawnea De La Torre, Benita Denys Cash, Candace Garcia, Jesus De La Torre and Stephanie S. Ervin each face a charge of health care fraud, court records state. They are accused of submitting a false claim to the insurance company, each getting between $243.75 and $72,301.25.

All pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on their own recognizance.

Check numbers listed in the five indictments link the group to Danielle Mahone and Travis Washington, who were indicted last week on charges including conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud, records state.