Knox Co. Man Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Knox County is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with allegedly fraudulently obtaining TennCare and Medicare benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) in a joint effort with the Knoxville Police Department, today announced the arrest of 68-year old Steven Vorhees of Knoxville. Vorhees is accused of falsely reporting his income in order to obtain both Medicare and TennCare benefits.
“The TennCare program is designed to provide benefits for individuals that need the services and medications provided through the proper and legal avenues,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “The OIG appreciates the efforts of the Knoxville Police Department in assisting in our continued collaboration to protect the Tennessee taxpayer money.”
TennCare fraud is a Class D felony. If convicted Vorhees could up to a maximum of 12 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Charme P. Allen of Knox 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, 3,154 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.”