|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
Monday, April 23, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - A Montgomery County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for gaining access to the program although she was not eligible.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Leslie Lee Glouser, 31, of Clarksville. She is charged with concealing information that would have made her ineligible for TennCare medical assistance benefits. Glouser has been charged with one count of theft of services of more than $1,000 and one count of TennCare fraud.
Glouser was being held in the Dickson County Jail on unrelated charges. Once those charges were disposed of, she was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where she was served with this indictment.
“Deliberately misrepresenting details about your life to stay on TennCare is a crime, and it’s one we do not tolerate,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “TennCare is a great resource for folks who are eligible, but it can only continue is we do all we can to stop fraud in the program.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison. Theft of services over $1,000 but under $10,000 is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison. District Attorney General John W. Carney 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 1,600 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."