Wilson Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of services in connection with allegations that she used the identity of a TennCare member to access healthcare services for herself.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint effort with Nashville Police, today announced the arrest of 35-year old Jillian Garrett-Harris of Mount Juliet. She’s charged with TennCare fraud, a class D felony, along with misdemeanor theft of services.
Investigators say Garrett-Harris used the identity of a TennCare recipient in order to receive treatment for an injury by using the person’s TennCare benefits .
“If an individual is not qualified for TennCare benefits, they are not entitled to have TennCare pay for their medical treatment,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “It is the sole responsibility the Office of Inspector General to protect our taxpayers’ hard earned money and to ensure that those who choose to commit fraud will be sought out and prosecuted.”
If convicted, Garrett-Harris could face penalties of up to a maximum of 12 years, 11 months and 29 days in prison for the combination of charges. The case is being presented for prosecution by District Attorney General Glenn R. Funk of Davidson County.
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, 3,131 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.”