School Superintendent charged for using own insurance to help ill student

by Kim Boateng Posted on January 24th, 2019

Elwood, Indiana: An Indiana school superintendent who allegedly used her own insurance to help a sick student faces multiple charges including insurance fraud.

Casey Smitherman — superintendent of Elwood Community Schools in Elwood, Indiana — was booked on charges of insurance fraud, identity deception and official misconduct on Wednesday and later released on bail, according to court records.

Smitherman says the charges come after she recently went to the home of a student who had missed school and saw he had symptoms of strep throat. After the student was refused treatment at a clinic, she took him to another one, this time saying he was her son.

“I am committed to this community and our students, and I regret if this action has undermined your trust in me,” Smitherman said in a statement published by Fox 59. “From the beginning, my ultimate goal has been to provide the best environment for Elwood students’ growth physically, mentally and academically, and I remain focused on that purpose.”

Smitherman had an Amoxicillin prescription filled for the 15-year-old student in her son’s name, the station reports, citing court documents.

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Smitherman told police that she was concerned about the student when he was not at school earlier this month and that she had previously helped him by buying clothes for him and helping to clean his home, WISH-TV reports.

A claim for a medical visit where the boy was diagnosed with a sore throat was valued at $233, the station reports citing medical records.

In a Wednesday statement, Smitherman says she plans to enter a diversion program, which would allow for the dismissal of the charges if she avoids further arrests in the coming year.

Smitherman has received support from the school board’s president.

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