Mississippi woman charged with TennCare fraud

tsj POLICE REPORTSNASHVILLE (press release)—A Mississippi woman is charged with TennCare fraud in an indictment accusing her of claiming to live in Tennessee in order to obtain healthcare insurance benefits through TennCare, the state’s public insurance program.

ZZ Asanta Brown

Asanta Brown/photo submitted

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Asanta Brown, 27, of Byhalia, Mississippi. She is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of property over $10,000.

A Shelby County Grand Jury accused Brown of obtaining medical services through TennCare by intentionally misrepresenting that her family resided in Tennessee, when they actually lived in Mississippi.   Brown turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum of six years in prison, TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.  District Attorney General Amy T. Weirich is prosecuting.

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