Campbell Co. Woman Sentenced After TennCare Fraud Conviction
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Campbell County woman charged with TennCare fraud in Scott County is sentenced to probation and repaying the state for healthcare benefits received through the state’s insurance program.
Teresa Jean Willoughby, 43, of Pioneer, must repay the state for a total of $8,785.20. She must repay the total amount within 30 days. In addition, she was sentenced to four years’ probation.
The Office of Inspector General arrested Willoughby in July of this year, charging her with TennCare fraud, theft of services and perjury. The charges were in connection with falsely reporting resources and assets to the state in order to appear eligible for TennCare.
“People who misrepresent themselves to obtain benefits preserved for people who qualify for help are stealing from state taxpayers, plain and simple,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “Regardless of income, status or history, if a person is committing TennCare fraud, we’re committed to catching and prosecuting them.”
District Attorney General Jared Effler prosecuted this case.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,205 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."