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Union Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 07:34am
Crawford

NASHVILLE –  A Union county woman is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with allegedly giving the state false information to appear eligible for TennCare.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint effort with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of 32-year old Kristie Crawford of Maynardville. According to investigators, Crawford falsely reported custody of two children so that she’d be eligible for TennCare. As a result, TennCare paid approximately $33,095 in fees and claims on Crawford’s behalf. She’s charged with TennCare fraud, which is a class D felony and theft of services, a class C felony.

“Providing false information regarding one’s household composition in order to deceive TennCare is a crime,” said Inspector General Kim Harmon. “We appreciate the efforts of General Jared Effler and his staff to preserve Tennessee tax dollars for those rightfully qualified.”

The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Jared R. Effler of the Eighth Judicial District serving Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties.

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.”