Grainger woman charged with TennCare fraud

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

A Grainger County woman is charged in Hamblen County with aiding and abetting another person in an illegal attempt to acquire TennCare healthcare insurance benefits they were not eligible to receive.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Maria Morales Santos, 39, of Washburn. Her arrest was assisted by the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department.

Santos is accused of allowing a family member not eligible for TennCare to use another family member’s TennCare benefits to obtain medical assistance. She is charged with four counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of identity theft.

“People may not think about the repercussions of committing TennCare fraud to receive medical care, but we are dedicated to ensuring that anyone involved in this activity will be caught,” said Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr. “We continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone discovered committing TennCare fraud.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Identity theft is a Class D felony punishable by two to four years in prison per charge. District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell is prosecuting.

-From Staff Reports

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