Leukemia claim not only one woman had made

MOUNT PLEASANT — Jennifer Lynn Eden, who stands accused of falsifying in an insurance claim that she was dying from leukemia, once claimed in a policy application to be worth more than $1.3 billion.

She also claimed in court papers to have survived a brain tumor, making it past a scare in which she was told she had six to 12 months to live. That was almost a decade ago.

Days after Eden was indicted for federal fraud, court records depict the 33-year-old as someone who has said she was confronted with serious bouts of ill health. She also sought insurance coverage in high amounts.

In some cases, insurance carriers called foul.

For example, when she applied for life insurance in 2007, the application reported her net worth to be more than $1.3 billion.

It was actually less than $1 million, the insurance company said.

She also said she never had been treated for mental health, a statement that insurance carrier American General described in court papers as a misrepresentation. At the time, Eden was seeking a policy with a face amount of $50 million.

“Had Eden fully disclosed her true financial and health condition, American General would have declined to issue the policy,” the company said in court papers.

Eden’s policy eventually was voided. A lawyer for the company did not respond to a phone message Thursday.

Meanwhile, Eden’s former neighbors on Bergeron Way in Planter’s Pointe said Thursday they assumed that she was in ill health, but felt it best not to ask when they saw her in her yard.

“I thought she was a super nice person,” said one resident, requesting not to be identified.

“She never looked healthy,” the woman continued. “If she didn’t feel good, then I wasn’t going to bother her.”

Eden did not ever use a medical condition as a pretext for asking for help financially, the neighbor said.

The federal criminal filing this week accuses Eden of two counts of fraud.

In the first count, she is alleged to have forged a doctor’s name to obtain $500,000 of a $1 million term life insurance policy from the Genworth Life Insurance Co.

Authorities said that while Eden claimed to be dying of acute monoblastic leukemia, she was never terminally sick.

A second count accuses her of misappropriating $100,000 given as an investment.

Eden faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each count if convicted.

Eden’s attorney declined to give contact information on where she has moved to, saying only that it is in the Upstate.

She does have an arraignment set for May 22 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Political Editor

Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.