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Mississippi Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 04:37am

NASHVILLE, TN – A Mississippi woman is charged with misrepresenting her residency in order to obtain healthcare insurance benefits through Tennessee’s TennCare program.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Angela Tillery, 28, of Horn Lake, Mississippi.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit working with the Federal Marshal Task Force assisted the OIG with the arrest.

A Shelby County indictment accused Tillery of three counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of property over $10,000. Charges say she falsely claimed to reside in Tennessee and failed to tell authorities she actually lives in Mississippi.

“The Office of Inspector General will prosecute anyone we find who misrepresents their income, address, or employment in order to gain TennCare benefits,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.

The TennCare fraud charge against Tillery could result in a six year sentence, if convicted.   Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.  District Attorney General J. Amy P. Weirich is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures.  To date, over 1,900 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 from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."