HAMBLEN, CLAIBORNE COUNTY RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE, TN – Residents of Hamblen and Claiborne Counties are charged with TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced separate arrests of residents of Morristown and New Tazewell. Governor Phil Bredesen created the OIG, one of the first units of its kind in the nation, in 2004. Since it became operational in February 2005, 285 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Crystal G. McGinnis, 27, of Morristown is charged with attempting to fraudulently obtain Oxycodone - a controlled substance and highly addictive pain killer. If convicted McGinnis could serve up to two years in prison. McGinnis’ bond was set at $10,000.00. She was charged in Grainger County.
In an unrelated arrest, 40-year-old Donna R. Burnette, of New Tazewell is charged with not reporting her employment and income to state officials, which gave her access to medical benefits she was not entitled to. She turned herself in to local Sheriff’s deputies. If convicted Burnette could serve up to two years in prison. District Attorney Paul Phillips will be prosecuting.
“The fraudulent misuse of TennCare benefits is a serious issue but the OIG is cracking down on these cases,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Crucial to our success is the cooperation of local healthcare providers and local law enforcement agencies.”
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.tncarefraud.tennessee.gov and follow the prompts that read “Report Fraud Now.”