|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – An Arkansas woman has pleaded guilty to TennCare fraud for misrepresenting her residency in order to obtain TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the sentencing of Tammie Martin, 37, of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury in April of this year and charged with one count of TennCare fraud for falsely claiming to reside in Tennessee and failing to notify the state that her household residence was actually in Arkansas.
Martin pleaded guilty to one count of TennCare fraud and was ordered to repay TennCare $19,328. She received a two-year Judicial Diversion, with the requirement of making restitution.
“When people cross state lines to enroll in TennCare, they’re getting healthcare services in part from the taxpayers of Tennessee,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We’re committed to preserving TennCare for people who are eligible for the program.”
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, nearly 1,500 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."