Sometimes...good people make really bad decisions for really good reasons. And that’s likely why 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 this week. Apparently, 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.
Smitherman 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. "I know this action was wrong," Smitherman says in a statement. "In the moment, my only concern was for this child’s health."
- She has the support of the local prosecutor, too. Smitherman has been tentatively approved for a diversion program, which means that if she stays out of trouble for a year, the charges will be dropped and her record will be cleared.
Source: Indianapolis Star