A Hardin County woman is accused of lying about her residency in order to enroll in TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday announced the arrest of Samantha J. Briley, 31, of Savannah.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, an indictment charges her with TennCare fraud and theft of services over $10,000 for reporting to the state that she lived in Tennessee when she was actually living in Florence, Alabama, in order to be on TennCare.
Authorities say as a result, she obtained $15,327 in medical assistance benefits.
The news release said Briley was served while being held at the Hardin County jail on unrelated charges.
“Lying to the state can be trouble at any time – and it’s against the law to get enrolled in TennCare when living in any other state,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “We appreciate citizens bringing information to our attention so we can preserve TennCare benefits for Tennesseans.”
District Attorney General Matthew F. Stowe is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge. Theft of services over $10,000 is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.