A Mount Pleasant woman was indicted by a federal grand jury this week after she allegedly and falsely claimed to have a fatal form of leukemia in seeking to claim on a $1 million life insurance policy.

Jennifer L. Eden, age not available, is accused of mail fraud in trying to obtain money and property from an insurance provider.

According to the indictment, Eden allegedly had a $1 million policy with Genworth Life Insurance.

Under the terms of the policy, the owner could receive an early payment of the policy’s death benefit if the owner had a life expectancy of six months or less, certified by an attending physician.

This is known as an accelerated death benefit.

In 2008, Eden reportedly applied for the benefit, saying she was dying of acute monoblastic leukemia.

Federal documents allege she was never terminally sick and forged the name of a doctor on her application.

She reportedly received about $500,000 from Genworth.

Attempts to reach Eden today were unsuccessful. Her phone has been disconnected. She faces a federal arraignment on May 22.

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.