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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, June 8, 2012
 
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SMITH COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD

NASHVILLE - A Smith County woman is charged with fraudulently obtaining TennCare benefits by claiming a dependent in order to qualify for TennCare benefits.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Micca M. Holder, 31, of Carthage. The Smith County Sheriff´s Office assisted with the arrest.

Holder is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud - one for telling the state that her child lived with her when the child lived elsewhere, and a second for making false statements during the investigation.

"The bottom line is if you lie, cheat, or steal to get TennCare benefits, you risk going to jail," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "People who commit TennCare fraud are taking something they are not entitled to, and they´re taking it from Tennessee taxpayers."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson 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, over 1,600 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."