A superintendent in Elwood, Indiana, faces insurance fraud charges after police said he used his son's name to get medical treatment for a sick student who did not have health insurance, reports CBS affiliate WTTV-TV .
Casey Smitherman has been charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor: official misconduct, insurance fraud, insurance application fraud and identity fraud. Court records show that she was released on $ 500 bail.
"I understand that it was his desire to help a young man who was in poor condition, but probably not the best example for young people to badume other identities and make false statements," said Madison County Attorney Rodney Cummings.
Smitherman said he picked up a 15-year-old student who had stayed home from school on January 9 with strep throat symptoms and took him to a medical clinic, according to a statement given to WTTV. The office refused to treat the student, so Smitherman took him to a second clinic and said the child was his son, signing him with his son's name. He also picked up a prescription for Amoxicillin in CVS under his son's name, according to court documents.
"As a parent, I know how serious this disease can be if it is not treated, and I took it to an emergency clinic," Smitherman said in a statement. "I knew I did not have insurance, and I wanted to do everything possible to help him improve." The claim for the visit to the clinic and the prescription totaled $ 233, according to medical records.
Smitherman told the police that she was worried about the student after he did not come to school. She said that she had previously bought clothes for him and helped clean his house, according to court documents.
"I know that this action was wrong, at the time, my only concern was the health of this child," Smitherman said.
Smitherman said he did not contact the Department of Children's Services because he was concerned about being placed in a foster home. Since then, the police have contacted the Department of Children's Services to try to get help.
The Elwood school board issued a statement supporting Smitherman.
"She made an unfortunate mistake, but we understand that it was out of concern for the welfare of this child," said school board president Brent Kane. "We know he understands that what he did was wrong, but he still has our support."
Smitherman said the prosecutor in the case had agreed to allow him to enter a diversion program.