MTN Reporter Haley Perkins February 21, 2020
A Murfreesboro woman was charged with TennCare fraud and theft of services this after she allegedly gave false information in order to enroll herself and her three children in TennCare.
On Wednesday the Office of Inspector General (OIG) partnered with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office to announce the arrest of Jordan Miller, 26. Investigators say Miller falsely reported her marital status and failed to report that her husband lived with the family. Miller and her husband's combined income would have made them ineligible for TennCare. Officials say TennCare paid $25,653.44 on their behalf for healthcare benefits.
The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Jennings H. Jones of Rutherford County. Theft of services is a class C felony and TennCare fraud is a class D felony. If convicted, Miller could be sentences to a maximum of 27 years in prison.
Inspector General Kim Harmon said "The TennCare program is designed to provide benefits for individuals who need the services and rightfully qualify. The OIG continues to investigate and pursue prosecution of individuals who purposefully deplete TennCare resources."
Since beginning full operation in February 2005 the OIG, which is separate from TennCare, has investigated over 5,760 criminal cases leading to more than $10.8 million ordered in restitution to TennCare. To date, 3,149 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
The OIG Cash for Tips Program, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead 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.".