A former Mount Pleasant resident accused of fraudulently receiving $500,000 after telling her insurance carrier that she had leukemia pleaded not guilty to the charges against her in federal court this morning.
Jennifer L. Eden, 33, was indicted two weeks ago by a federal grand jury on two counts of fraud. A magistrate judge set an unsecured bail of $50,000, meaning she did not have to post money, and limited her travel to places within the state.
Court records show that Eden’s insurance policy dated to 2003, when she took out a $1 million term life insurance plan from the Genworth Life Insurance Co. It carried a $520 annual premium.
Under the policy’s terms, Eden could receive an early payment of the death benefit if the owner “had a life expectancy of six months or less,” the indictment reads. In 2008 Eden applied for the benefit, saying she was dying of acute monoblastic leukemia, according to the indictment.
Authorities allege that Eden never suffered from a terminal illness and forged the name of a real doctor on her application for the benefits.
The other count against her involves allegations that she represented herself as a “financial expert and businesswoman” in convincing an unidentified person to invest $100,000 in her company, Entsminger Holdings LLC.
Eden now lives in Myrtle Beach and listed her Mount Pleasant home as a mortgage debt in court records. The judge appointed her a public defender.
Read more in Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.
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