WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2005
TENNCARE FRAUD ARREST IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY
HUSBAND CHARGED WITH FRAUD INVOLVING DISABLED EX-WIFE
NASHVILLE – The Office of TennCare Inspector General (OIG)
today arrested a White County man on a Cumberland County indictment
for TennCare fraud. Sheriff’s officers in Cumberland and White
Counties assisted in the arrest.
66-Year-old Claude Hendrickson of Sparta was indicted on two charges
of theft of services for defrauding the state of approximately $40,292
in TennCare benefits.
The indictment charges that while acting under power of attorney
for his ex-wife, Hendrickson committed theft of services in fraudulently
obtaining TennCare health insurance for her by concealing assets that
would have kept her from being eligible for TennCare.
In addition, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) has
filed a complaint in Cumberland County against Hendrickson, requesting
he repay his ex-wife over $60,000 to replenish an investment account
he liquidated in March 2004, weeks before his wife was placed in a
“We have open cases in almost every county in Tennessee,”
Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We’re committed
to stopping this type of activity so TennCare will be there for people
who need healthcare and can’t afford it.”
If convicted, Hendrickson could be sentenced to up to eight-years
in prison. Cumberland County District Attorney William E. Gibson will