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Davidson Co. Woman Must Repay TennCare in Fraud Case

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 12:24pm
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NASHVILLE –  A Davidson County woman has been ordered to repay the state for benefits provided by TennCare, after her prosecution for TennCare fraud.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced sentencing for Karen Briggs, 45, who was charged in September 2020 with TennCare fraud and theft of services. She must repay the state $25,900 and serve eight years in probation, which could end early if restitution is made. The charges alleged that Briggs failed to report her marriage and the accurate household income, which would have made her ineligible for TennCare.

“We appreciate the perseverance of the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office in bringing prosecution of TennCare fraud to the forefront,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “Our office will continue to do our part and preserve the integrity of TennCare benefits, so that those truly deserving of and eligible for TennCare have the best resources.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney General Brian Ewald 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 $11.5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.8 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 3,132 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

To access the OIG most wanted list please visit https://www.tn.gov/finance/fa-oig/fa-oig-most-wanted.html. Anyone with information about a wanted subject is urged to use the contact information on the page. 

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.”