Shelby Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud
Nashville, Tenn. – A Shelby County woman is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property in connection with fraudulently enrolling in the state’s healthcare insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), working with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, today announced the arrest of Kristine Boling. She is accused of falsely reporting that she had custody of her three children in order to appear eligible for TennCare, although investigators say that was false.
“The TennCare program is designed to help those who rightfully qualify,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “The Office of Inspector General will continue to pursue individuals who lie and misrepresent their household to receive benefits they are not entitled to. It is our duty to ensure that Tennessee taxpayers’ money is being used for the right purposes.”
If convicted of both charges, Boling could face a maximum of 24 years in prison, both of which are class D felonies. The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Amy T. Weirich of Memphis.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated over 5,760 criminal cases leading to more than $10.8 million ordered in restitution to TennCare. This has helped lead to a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to the latest figures. To date, 3,129 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 or by logging on to www.tn.gov/oig/ and following the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”