Wellington man must pay $32,000 in restitution after being charged with insurance fraud
According to a Wichita Eagle report, a Wellington man told his insurance company he got a second liver transplant and convinced his carrier to pay a claim for it.
However, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the procedure never happened.
Mychael Hauss, 53, pled guilty to insurance fraud in May and will have to pay $31,755 in restitution. In a Thursday news release, Schmidt said Hauss was sentenced Tuesday in Sumner County District Court for one count of insurance fraud and one count of forgery.
The judge, William R. Mott, placed Hauss on supervised probation for two years and ordered he pay a $2,500 fine in addition to the thousands in restitution he owes the insurance company.
The Kansas Insurance Department launched an investigation on Hauss and determined that he had purchased a policy to cover other expenses which were covered by a supplemental insurance carrier after he had a liver transplant in 2015.
Hauss submitted a second claim with his supplemental insurance carrier for another alleged liver transplant. He ended up faking his physician's signature and the insurance company ended up paying for the surgery.
Investigators found that Hauss “never actually received a second liver transplant and the claim was, therefore, determined to be false,” Schmidt said, adding that the investigation also determined that Hauss “had forged a doctor’s signature as part of the false second claim.”