FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – After being on the run for nearly a year, a Madison County man faces TennCare fraud charges out of Crockett County.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Jackson and Crockett County officers, today announced the arrest of Dall T. Coleman, 28, of Jackson.
Coleman is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of property in connection with submitting false claims to TennCare for reimbursement of services he was not entitled to receive.
“It is particularly troubling when someone who’s not eligible for TennCare tries to find a way to abuse the program,” said Inspector General Deborah Faulkner. “We are persistently watching for this activity in TennCare in each county across the state.”
The TennCare fraud and theft of services charges are both Class E felonies carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Garry Brown is prosecuting.
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, 2,093 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."