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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Cheatham County woman is charged with TennCare fraud in nearby Davidson County.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from Metro Nashville Police, today announced the arrest of Betty M. Joslin, 37, of Kingston Springs.
Joslin is charged in a Davidson County indictment with TennCare fraud in connection with obtaining TennCare healthcare insurance benefits by means of willfully false statements or concealment of material facts that would have made her ineligible for the program.
“We are working with local police officers and healthcare providers across the state in an effort to eliminate TennCare fraud,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We must protect the integrity of the program and make sure taxpayer dollars are spent providing benefits for people truly eligible for the TennCare program.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Victor S. Johnson, III 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 1,900 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."