Woman from Rutherford County charged with TennCare fraud

Dex Walker

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NASHVILLE, TN - A woman from Rutherford County has been charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property for allegedly misreporting to the state to get TennCare benefits.

In a collaborative effort with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today that Tara Hollins, 40, has been charged with TennCare fraud, perjury, and theft of services worth more than $2,500 but less than $10,000. Perjury is a class A misdemeanor, whereas theft of services and TennCare fraud are both class D felonies.

Hollins allegedly claimed to the state that she had custody of her children, even though she did not have custody of her children and was not qualified for TennCare. TennCare paid around $7,220 in fees and claims on her behalf.

Inspector General Kim Harmon appreciates the collaboration done by the OIG and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. “The OIG would like to recognize the joint effort of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. He intends to keep the excellent connection between the two institutions going so that those who falsely claim to be eligible for Medicaid may be prosecuted.

District Attorney General Jennings H. Jones of Cannon and Rutherford Counties is prosecuting the case now.

According to the most recent data, the OIG has examined over 5,760 criminal cases, resulting in more than $10.8 million being returned to TennCare and a total projected cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare. TennCare fraud has been charged against 3,134 persons so far.

Please go to https://www.tn.gov/finance/fa-oig/fa-oig-most-wanted.html to see the OIG's most wanted list. Anyone with information on a wanted subject is encouraged to use the page's contact information.

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