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A Bartlett, Tenn. woman who formerly lived in DeSoto County has been charged with trying to defraud the Tennessee TennCare program.

Officials with the Tennessee Office of Inspector General (OIG) have announced that 34-year-old Ashley Gilbert of Bartlett, Tenn. has been arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

Gilbert has been charged with falsely reporting her residence in order to get healthcare insurance benefits under the Tennessee program.

At the time officials said she was reporting her home as being in Tennessee, she was actually residing in Olive Branch. Gilbert has since moved to her present home in Bartlett.

“The TennCare program is available to eligible Tennesseans,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said in a news release.  “If you hear of someone coming to Tennessee and enrolling in TennCare, while residing in another state, we are ready to hear about it.”

Tyndall said there is a toll-free number people may use to report fraud cases. It is 1-800-433-3982.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is prosecuting the case.

TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge.

TennCare is the state of Tennessee's Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.4 million Tennesseans and operates with an annual budget of approximately $11.8 billion.​ TennCare members are primarily ​low-income pregnant women, children and individuals who are elderly or have a disability.

To date, 2,911 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.  

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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