For the second time in a week, a TennCare fraud case has involved someone with DeSoto County connections.
TennCare is the Tennessee state 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.
In the latest case announced Thursday by the Tennessee Office of Inspector General, Amanda Carroll, age 39 of Horn Lake, is accused of receiving TennCare benefits even though she was not eligible.
Carroll’s arrest came with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force and the Shelby County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office.
The Horn Lake woman has been charged in Shelby County with three counts of TennCare fraud and one count of property theft over $10,000.
The arrest came after a Shelby County grand jury found that Carroll had misrepresented her family’s residence as being in Tennessee, when in fact she lived in Mississippi.
“Every state Medicaid program is different and is financed in part by the residents of each state, with the intention of providing for citizens of the state who truly are in need and eligible,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said in a news release. “But lying about your residency to gain access to free healthcare benefits in another state is a crime we are here to pursue.”
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich is prosecuting.
TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge. Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
Earlier in the week, a Bartlett, Tenn. woman was charged with TennCare fraud for receiving benefits when she actually was living in Olive Branch at the time.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.