WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2005
OFFICIALS SEEK IDENTITY OF SUSPECT IN TENNCARE FRAUD CASE
NASHVILLE – State and Polk County authorities are asking for
the public’s help in identifying a TennCare fraud suspect whose
death left police with many questions, including his correct identity.
The Office of TennCare Inspector General (OIG) and the Polk County
Sheriff’s Department say the Ducktown
man they’re calling “John
Doe,” went by several names: Mike E. Brown, Mike Brown,
Ralph E. Hayes, Jr. and Robert Hayes, Jr.
The man was found dead in his home Thursday, April 14, 2005, after
local police had questioned him in suspicion of Social Security fraud.
His body was discovered when law enforcement agencies attempted to
execute a search warrant at his home.
“John Doe” was found with four different TennCare cards
matching four different aliases. Officers say he had defrauded Tennessee
of an undetermined amount of money involving TennCare benefits.
“We are asking anyone with any information to come forward,
in hopes of correctly identifying this individual,” Inspector
General Deborah Faulkner said. “Once we identify him, we can
determine if others were involved in the scheme.”
The man’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s
office in Nashville for an autopsy and further identification. Detective
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Cole with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
is leading the investigation.
The man is described as about 64-years-old, Caucasian, with very
short brown hair and a receding hairline. He was about five-feet ten-inches
tall with a medium build and weighed about 170. Police believe he
may have been from a western state, possibly Wyoming. People who knew
him by one of his at least four aliases describe his personality as
reclusive but meticulous and very organized.
Anyone with any information about the individual, or regarding the
case can call Detective Cole at 423-496-3301, or the TennCare Office
of Inspector General at 1-800-433-3982 toll-free.