Superintendent Arrested After Using Her Son's Insurance to Help a Sick Student


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A superintendent in Indiana was arrested and is now facing insurance fraud charges after allegedly using her health insurance to help a sick student in her school district. The superintendent, who is also a mother, reportedly used her son's name to help the sick child receive the medical treatment he needed.

  • According to court documents, Casey Smitherman was charged with insurance fraud, identity deception, insurance application fraud, and official misconduct.

    Police said the investigation first began after they were tipped off that Smitherman took a student to urgent care on January 9, according to NBC News. The 15-year-old had reportedly missed school because of a sore throat.  

    “I went to his home to check on him, and he told me that he had not felt well enough to come to school," Smitherman told WISH-TV. “After making sure he had eaten, I could tell he had some of the symptoms of strep throat. As a parent, I know how serious this illness can be if left untreated, and I took him to an emergency clinic.”

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  • But the clinic reportedly refused to see the teen because Smitherman wasn't his legal guardian.

    Smitherman then took the student, who reportedly was uninsured to St. Vincent Immediate Care in Elwood and had doctors see him under her son's name. The pair then allegedly went to a pharmacy to have a prescription for Amoxicillin filled under her son's name with her insurance.

    According to an affidavit, Smitherman said that she did it instead of calling child welfare because she worried that they would place him in a foster home. In the past, she has also helped the student buy clothes and clean the home that he shares with relatives. 

  • According to Smitherman, she was just trying to give the student the help he needed -- even if that wasn't the "right" thing. 

    “I knew he did not have insurance, and I wanted to do all I could to help him get well,” she said. “I know this action was wrong. In the moment, my only concern was for this child’s health.”

    According to authorities, the student admitted to understanding that having the prescription was "bad" because it wasn't under his name, so he ripped it label off of the bottle. 

  • Smitherman is now free on bail after paying a a $500 cash bond and will most likely avoid jail time.

    According to NBC News, no court date has been set. But Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings told the outlet that she will likely end up paying a fine and doing community service. She has reportedly entered an agreement with the prosecutor's office to enter a "diversion program" and charges will be dropped if there are no additional arrests for a year.

    According to WISH-TV, the teen's claim for the medical visit came to $233. 

  • The Elwood Community School Corporation released a statement offering support despite Smitherman's "unfortunate mistake." 

    "We understand that it was out of concern for this child’s welfare. We know she understands what she did was wrong, but she continues to have our support," Brent Kane, president of the Elwood Community Schools board of trustees, said in a statement