$832K in Restitution Paid to Swindled Seniors

By Christina London
|  Thursday, Mar 27, 2014  |  Updated 3:56 AM PDT
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Couple Accused of Scamming Millions From Elderly

San Diego District Attorney

Michael and Melissa Woodward's Las Vegas home was among their assets sold to pay restitution to their victims in an insurance scam.

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Couple Accused of Scamming Millions From Elderly

Michael Woodward, 50 and 47-year-old Melissa Woodward have been accused of burglary, grand theft, theft from an elder and tax evasion.
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Some senior citizens who fell victim to an insurance scam are getting their money back.

On Wednesday, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that her office was distributing an additional $832,000 to California seniors, bringing the total restitution paid in this case to more than $1.5 million.

In June 2013, Michael Woodward pleaded guilty to selling phony insurance plans and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. His wife Melissa received probation for her role in the crime. Both were ordered to pay $3 million in restitution to their victims.

Officials have liquidated the Woodwards’ estate to come up with the money, selling their Las Vegas home, condo, expensive jewelry, fine artwork, sports memorabilia and more.

The DA’s Office said the Woodwards have scammed hundreds of elderly people across the country since 2006. The bogus policies were sold under the names Secure Tomorrows, Home Health America, Secure Care, Americare and U.S. Home Health.

More than 230 seniors in San Diego alone were cheated about of more than $1.9 million in insurance premiums, according to the DA.

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