Woman Arrested for Using Other’s Identity for Insurance Coverage

August 11, 2017

Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Scott County woman who is charged with using the identity of another person to obtain insurance coverage.

Maria Esmeralda Berrios-Guerrero, 43, of Forest, was arrested Thursday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau, a part of the Public Integrity Division, with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. She was indicted on one felony count of false pretense for submitting false insurance claims in excess of $500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. The scheme alleged in the indictment took place over nine years, from November 2007 until October 2016.

If convicted, Berrios-Guerrero faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Michael Stevens with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert “Bob” Anderson with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.

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