Woman Ordered to Repay $40K in Fraudulent Benefits

A woman from Maryland has been ordered to pay back $40,000 she admitted to receiving fraudulently from an insurance company between 1999 to 2005.

48 year-old Melody Ann Silver pleaded guilty December 1 to one count of felony theft. Judge Gordon S. McKee III sentenced Silver to five years probation and ordered her to repay the $40,000.

Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Harris alleged that Silver filed regular long-term disability benefits claims after she was injured while working for User Technology Associates. The filings claimed that Silver was no longer working, even though she continued to work from home and earn a salary of more than $60,000.

If you or a loved one has been denied the benefits they deserve, please contact an Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.


Woman Denied Benefits Because of Facebook Photos

A woman in Quebec on long-term disability is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer’s insurance company cut them because of photos posted on Facebook.

29 year-old Nathalie Blanchard has been on leave from her job at IBM for the last year and a half after being diagnosed with major depression. She had been receiving monthly benefits from Manulife Insurance. The payments stopped in the fall.

After contacting the insurance company her insurance agents described several pictures Blanchard had posted on the social networking  site Facebook. The photos included one of the woman at a Chippendales bar show, a birthday party and on a beach. Manulife says the photos are evidence that Blanchard is no longer depressed.

Blanchard says that she was just following her doctor’s advice and trying to have fun.

“In the moment I’m happy, but before and after I have the same problems” she said.

If you or a loved one has been denied the benefits they deserve, please contact a Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.


Woman Sues Hearst Corp. Long Term Disability Plan

An employee of the Houston Chronicle is suing the newspaper’s parent company over the unlawful termination of her disability and health insurance benefits.

Debra Swanson obtained coverage under a long-term disability benefits policy while working for the Hearst Corporation. Swanson received benefits under the policy beginning in January 2002, but on April 4, 2003, Hartford Life Insurance Co. notified her that benefits would terminate because she was cleared to return to work on a full time basis.

Swanson submitted a letter to the insurance company reading “Please accept this letter as notice of Debra Swanson’s intention to appeal your decision terminating her benefits under the above referenced policy. Once we have had adequate time to review and supplement the record, we will notify you in writing to proceed with Debra Swanson’s administrative appeal under the terms of the Plan.”

Hartford did not consider this to be an appeal and closed Swanson’s file. Swanson and Hearst Corp. are now involved in a court battle as she fights for her long-term disability benefits.

If you or someone you love has been denied benefits they deserve, contact the Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyers of Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.


Gov. Daniels Severs Indiana's Welfare Contract with IBM

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has canceled the state’s 10-year, $1.34 billion contract with the IBM Corporation, which designed the state’s modern, complicated welfare system.

The system may be more modernized and stream-lined than past systems, but its byzantine and complicated policies lack the human touch that critics say health care requires.  It took one woman months to get the welfare assistance she needed to help combat the cancer that racked her body, and was approved by the computer system one day after she sucumbed to the disease.

Indiana legislators hope to provide a more fair, more equitable, and more personal system to replace the IBM one.

If you or someone you love has been denied the welfare he or she needs and deserves, contact the Indiana long term disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office by calling (800) 520-3633.


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