Hamblen Co. Woman Convicted of TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Hamblen County woman accused of falsely reporting her income in order to obtain TennCare benefits has been ordered to serve six years and repay the state for services.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the conviction of Rosa Bautista-Perez, 29, of Morristown, who pleaded guilty to TennCare fraud and theft of services. She was sentenced to six years in prison and was ordered to pay $29,290.28 in restitution to TennCare.
"TennCare fraud crosses all social, economic and professional lines," Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. "People committing TennCare fraud are taking something they´re not entitled to, and the chance of getting caught has increased substantially."
Perez was indicted in July by a Hamblen County Grand Jury. District Attorney Dan E. Armstrong 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, 2,227 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."