State officials have charged three people, a married couple from Williamson County and a Knox County man, with TennCare fraud.
Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration officials announced this in separate press releases last week.
Authorities charged the Williamson County couple, Heidi Smith, 42, and her husband Robert Smith, 42, both from Franklin, with TennCare fraud and theft of services related to information they allegedly provided to the state for TennCare eligibility. Those authorities charged Heidi Smith with TennCare fraud and theft of services over $10,000 but under $60,000. Robert Smith, a dentist, faces the same theft of services charge, according to a F&A press release.
“Heidi Smith allegedly provided false information related to her household income in order to obtain TennCare healthcare insurance benefits for herself, her husband and their five children,” the F&A press release said.
“Authorities say the family was above the income limits for TennCare. As a result, TennCare paid $44,404.73 on their behalf, which they were not eligible to receive.”
If convicted, Heidi Smith could face up to a maximum of 27 years in prison. Her husband Robert could face a maximum of 12 years in prison. The theft of services charge is a Class C felony and the TennCare fraud charge is a class D felony. Williamson County District Attorney Kim Helper is prosecuting, according to a F&A press release.
Meanwhile, authorities charged Steve R. Johnson, 63, of Knoxville, with TennCare fraud for allegedly giving false information to obtain TennCare and Medicare benefits, according to a second F&A press release.
“He’s accused in an indictment of falsely reporting his income in order to obtain both Medicare Part B and TennCare benefits under what’s called the ‘dual eligibility’ category,” the F&A press release said.
“As a result, TennCare paid $7,046.60 in fees and claims on his behalf.”
If convicted, Johnson could face up to a maximum of 12 years in prison for the Class D felony. Knox County District Attorney General Charme P. Allen is prosecuting, according to the F&A press release.
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