FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Mississippi woman charged with TennCare fraud is under court order to repay the state for healthcare services she received while fraudulently enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the court judgment against 28-year old Angela Tillery, of Horn Lake, Mississippi, after she pleaded guilty to three counts of TennCare fraud and theft of property. A Shelby County Criminal Court ordered Tillery to pay restitution in the amount of $14,400, serve 120 days in jail, and be placed on six years supervised probation.
Tillery was arrested in July of last year, when she was charged with falsifying her residence in order to appear eligible for TennCare benefits. District Attorney General Amy P. Weirich prosecuted this case.
“The TennCare program is solely for the citizens of the State of Tennessee,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Anyone who comes across the state line to fraudulently get these benefits will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
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, 2,055 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."