Prosecutors: Florence woman pleads guilty in insurance fraud operation after serving as ringleader


FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A Florence woman who was accused of being a ringleader in an insurance fraud ring has pleaded guilty.

Renara Burgess, 33, entered a guilty plea on October 15, on two counts of presenting a false claim for payment greater than $10,000, according to authorities.

Prosecutors accepted the plea in exchange for a sentence of 10 years, suspended upon 90 days in jail, plus five years of probation, and held responsible for $60,000 in restitution of claims she filed on her own behalf.

This case involved a ring of fraudulent criminal activity with over 20 people altering medical bills and subsequently submitting false claims to insurance companies from September 2013 to July 2015. 

With Burgess serving as the ringleader, over $400,000 of claims were made, and nearly $300,000 of those were paid by the insurance companies.

Investigators say Burgess altered her own family’s medical bills, as well as recruited and directed others to alter their medical bills for submission as well.

Insurance Fraud investigators with SLED led this investigation and, along with the Attorney General’s Office prosecution team, found Burgess responsible for $296,250.91 of restitution, joint & several, with her other co-defendants. 


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