Tunnel Hill resident charged with fraud
by Greg Kaylor
Dec 23, 2011 | 1552 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Georgia resident was charged with TennCare fraud after authorities reported she has been on the run for two years.

The Office of the Inspector General Thursday charged Lacey Rogers, 26, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., with the fraudulent activity.

According to reports from the Tennessee OIG, a Bradley County indictment noted Rogers claimed she lived in Tennessee “in order to get health care insurance benefits through TennCare, the state’s insurance program.”

Rogers was reportedly indicted in September 2009.

According to the indictment, an investigation found she wasn’t eligible for benefits since she was not a resident of Tennessee.

In November 2004 and August 2011, Rogers reportedly obtained medical services through TennCare “by intentionally misrepresenting” the family lived in Tennessee.

Tunnel Hill Police, and the Bradley and Whitfield County, Ga., sheriff’s offices, were involved in the arrest, according to the OIG statement.

“When people cross state lines to enroll in TennCare, they are taking services away from Tennesseans who might need health care insurance,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.

“If anyone hears about someone crossing state lines to enroll in TennCare, we need to know about it.”

According to the OIG, the theft of services under $10,000 (TennCare fraud) charge is a Class D felony and could carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

The 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office will head up the prosecution.

- A small motorcycle was reported stolen from a Ladd Springs Road address late last week.

ccording to a report filed with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, thieves entered a barn owned by Bobby Chadwick and took a yellow, black and white Honda 100 motorcycle.

The incident was believed to have occurred sometime during the weekend.

According to a report filed by deputy Tim Bohannon, the barn was not secured at the time of the theft.

No dollar value regarding the loss was given.

Investigation is continuing.