Five Alabama Residents Arrested for Allegedly Getting TennCare Benefits

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Tennessee officials announced Monday they indicted five Alabama residents on charges of passing themselves off as Tennessee residents so they could qualify for TennCare.

No one who lives out-of-state may legally qualify for these benefits.

All five people fraudulently reported to Tennessee officials that they and their minor children were state residents so they could qualify for TennCare, according to a press release from the Tennessee Office of Inspector General.

Authorities charged the five people, all from Bridgeport, Ala., with TennCare fraud and theft of services:

Bradley Parker, 45
Amber Parrish,  23
Robin Miller, 31
Cassandra Henry, 29
Jacqueline Shrum, 32

District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor is prosecuting, according to an OIG press release.

These five arrests bring the total number of people arrested for TennCare fraud to 3,100 since the OIG began investigating and pursuing this type criminal activity, according to a press release.

Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration spokeswoman Lola Potter told The Tennessee Star Monday the number of TennCare fraud arrests is on the decline.

According to Potter’s information, Tennessee had the following number of TennCare fraud arrests the previous four years:

• 249 arrests in 2015.
• 286 arrests in 2016.
• 198 arrests in 2017.
• 137 arrests in 2018.

“The OIG says the decrease is probably attributed to the decline in prescription drug diversion cases by TennCare recipients, and an increase in eligibility cases which are more complex,” Potter told The Star in an email.

Potter did not elaborate further.

“The OIG does not have any estimates or other information on people who have committed TennCare fraud but aren’t on our radar,” Potter said.

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

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]






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  3. Before the Obamacare fiasco, I had dozens of people contact me who had just moved to Tennessee for the sole premise that they wanted to get ‘free’ Tenncare.

    I also had dozens of people cancel their health insurance because their Tenncare was ‘free’.

    I even had one employee of a nursing home cancel his group coverage (which was costing him a whopping $2.00 per week) cancel his coverage because he said “my Tenncare don’t cost me a dime!”

    Many people want ‘free’ until they’re made to realize what the cost of ‘free’ really is.

  4. 83ragtop50

    Yep, we need to expand welfare – I mean TennCare – so more people can abuse the system both legally and illegally.