An Indiana college superintendent who was arrested for allegedly utilizing her personal medical health insurance to buy medication for a sick, uninsured pupil, has resigned.
Casey Smitherman submitted her resignation to the Elwood College Board on Friday after being charged final month with insurance coverage fraud, id theft and official misconduct over the incident, Indianapolis station WISH-TV reported.
Smitherman mentioned her choice to resign was to forestall any additional adverse consideration to the college and its district.
“I’m very embarrassed for that, and I apologize to the board, the group and the academics and college students of Elwood Group Faculties,” she mentioned in an announcement obtained by the Indianapolis Star. “I sincerely hope this single lapse in judgment doesn’t tarnish the entire good work I’ve carried out for college students over the span of my profession.”
The college board, which beforehand mentioned it stood by her, accepted her resignation.
Smitherman was arrested on Jan. 23 after telling police that she introduced the 15-year-old boy to see a health care provider beneath her son’s title after the boy missed college due to a sore throat.
She instructed authorities that she had up to now cared for the kid in ways in which included serving to him clear his home and offering him with clothes. Her medical health insurance, recognized by authorities as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Protect, coated the price of his therapy, which totaled $233, in keeping with beforehand launched court docket paperwork.
Audra Wealthy, who mentioned she is a cousin of the 15-year-old boy, attended Friday’s college board assembly and referred to as Smitherman’s actions not solely pointless however inappropriate.
“He didn’t want for her to come back get him and take him to the physician,” she instructed Fox 59 Information. “Nothing from her at dwelling was wanted and it was inappropriate.”
The state’s Division of Training mentioned it’s contemplating taking motion concerning Smitherman’s educator license, Fox 59 reported.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings has mentioned he’ll provide Smitherman a diversion program that can enable the fees to be dropped towards her so long as she isn’t arrested once more within the coming 12 months.