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Elwood Schools Superintendent Takes Student to Doctor, Uses Own Insurance

Casey Smitherman took the student to a clinic and said he was her son. She turned herself in Wednesday on charges of insurance fraud.

ELWOOD, Ind. – The superintendent of Elwood Community Schools turned herself in Wednesday on charges of insurance fraud after admitting she took a student to a med-check and used her own insurance to pay for the visit.

Casey Smitherman took a 15-year-old male student to an Elwood med-check earlier this month after he began showing signs of strep throat.

"After one clinic refused to give the boy necessary treatment, I took him to a different clinic and told them he was my son. I knew he did not have insurance, and I wanted to do all I could to help him get well. I know this action was wrong. In the moment, my only concern was for this child’s health," Smitherman said.

Smitherman turned herself in at the Elwood police station and was immediately released on bail.

She is charged with several felonies, including insurance fraud and identity deception, according to The Herald Bulletin.

The Madison Co. Prosecutor has agreed to a diversion program, allowing the charges against Smitherman to be dropped after a year of good behavior with no arrests. 

School board president Brent Kane said Smitherman has his support and will remain as superintendent:

"Dr. Smitherman has tirelessly worked for the best interests of all students in Elwood Community Schools since she was hired. She made an unfortunate mistake, but we understand that it was out of concern for this child’s welfare. We know she understands how what she did was wrong, and she continues to have our full support in continuing in her position."

(Photo Provided by Elwood Community School Corp.)

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