|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Hamblen County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for obtaining benefits she was not entitled to receive.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Tiffany Crittenden, 29, of Whitesburg. Her arrest was assisted by the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.
Crittenden has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud, accused of obtaining TennCare medical assistance benefits for a dependent child that was not eligible for the program.
“TennCare fraud is a serious crime, and we intend to keep looking for people who are accessing benefits they’re not entitled to receive,” 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 C. Berkeley Bell 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 1,700 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."