|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – Two Davidson County women are charged with TennCare fraud.
Carter and England were indicted together and charged with one count of TennCare fraud for allegedly making a false statement and concealing material facts in order to obtain TennCare benefits.
“We have open cases in almost every county in Tennessee,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We’re committed to stopping this type of activity so TennCare will be there for people who need healthcare and can’t afford it.”
The TennCare fraud charge against both could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General Victor S. Johnson, III “Torry” is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,380 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."