WILLIAMSON COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE – A Williamson County man is charged with TennCare fraud for using his TennCare card in order to obtain medical services for another person who had been shot in an alleged gang-related shooting.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced that Deangelo Holt, 20, is charged with identity theft, TennCare fraud and making a false report. A Williamson County Grand Jury indictment accuses Holt of entering a hospital emergency room with another person, allowing the suspect to be registered as Holt so his medical services would be paid for by TennCare. Investigators say the other person involved was shot in a gang-related shooting prior to seeking medical treatment.
“While emergency medical care is sometimes a life-or-death situation, it’s simply not legal to present another person’s TennCare card for access to treatment – or help someone use TennCare if they’re not eligible for or enrolled in the program,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We’re thankful for healthcare workers who are watchful for suspicious details and are helping us in waging the war against TennCare fraud.”
District Attorney General William E. Gibson will prosecute the case. If convicted, Holt and the suspect could each serve two to four years in prison.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tennessee.gov/tenncare and follow the prompts that read “Report Fraud Now.”