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Guilty plea in insurance fraud

A Bartlett woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $25,000 from her former Aurora employer through an elaborate insurance fraud scheme in which she claimed her already deceased preschool daughter had died only recently and that her husband, who is alive, had been shot to death, the DuPage County state’s attorney said Thursday.

Bridgette Buckner, 50, of the 500 block of Rose Lane, entered the guilty plea to two counts of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud.

According to prosecutors, on April 30, 2008, Buckner, an employee at Hallmark Services Corp. in Aurora, filed a claim against a $10,000 life insurance policy she held on her 4-year-old daughter, Briajay. Buckner’s claim, which was paid in full by the insurance provider, included fictitious death claim and medical certificate of death forms.

About five months later, on Sept. 24, Buckner filed another fictitious claim against a $15,000 life insurance policy held on her husband. Buckner claimed that her husband had been shot to death on Sept. 18 while on duty as an FBI agent. Shortly after Buckner filed the second claim, officials at Hallmark Services grew suspicious of Buckner’s claims. Prosecutors said Buckner’s child had died four years earlier, before Buckner became an employee at Hallmark Services. Authorities said Buckner and her husband, who was not an FBI agent and was unaware of the life insurance policy, were estranged and had not seen each other since months before Buckner began at Hallmark.

Buckner is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 23.

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

July 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Posted in Insurance News