|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Montgomery County woman is charged with TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Katherine Marie Dixon, 31, of Clarksville.
Dixon was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury and charged with one count of TennCare fraud for obtaining by, fraudulent means, medical assistance benefits through TennCare for which she was not entitled to.
“The OIG has a simple message for anyone who intends to commit TennCare fraud -- if you lie, cheat or steal to get TennCare benefits, you risk being arrested and going to jail,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two 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."