Indiana School District Backs Superintendent Charged With Fraud

(Elwood, IN) - An Indiana school district is standing behind a superintendent who's being charged with fraud.  

Casey Smitherman of the Elwood School District was charged with insurance fraud and identity deception Wednesday.  

Court documents say Smitherman used her son's insurance when she was unable to get treatment for a sick teenager because she wasn't his guardian.

The superintendent said in a statement that the student had symptoms of strep throat so she took him to an emergency clinic, where he was denied treatment because she wasn't his guardian.  

She then checked him in at another clinic under her son's name and insurance.  

The Elwood school board says it's standing behind Smitherman, and released a statement saying she made an unfortunate mistake, but continues to have their support.

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