Rutherford Co. Woman Convicted of TennCare Fraud, ID Theft
NASHVILLE – A Rutherford County woman must repay the state thousands of dollars after her conviction for TennCare fraud and theft of services.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the conviction of Rachel Cargle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She pleaded guilty after being charged by the OIG with misrepresenting her household composition in order to receive TennCare benefits she otherwise would not qualify for.
Cargle must pay restitution to the state in the amount of $48,220.93 along with six years of supervised probation and 100 hours of public service work. In addition, she will undergo a drug and alcohol assessment.
"We are committed to pursuing TennCare fraud and seeking accountability of anyone committing TennCare fraud,” Inspector General Chad D. Holman said. “TennCare is an important program for many eligible and deserving Tennesseans, and we intend to protect the integrity of the program.”
District 16 Attorney General Jennings H. Jones, serving Cannon and Rutherford counties, prosecuted the case, with Assistant District Attorney Ashley Hall and District 3 Attorney General Dan E. Armstrong, serving Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.
Through the OIG “Cash for Tips” program, 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.”