A Georgia woman is charged with claiming she lived in Tennessee in order to obtain TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Tenn. Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Xochitl Gomez, 47, of Rossville, Georgia on Wednesday. She surrendered at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Gomez is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of property. The indictment accuses her of falsely reporting to the state that she and her children lived in Tennessee, in order to be eligible for TennCare benefits, when they actually live in Rossville.
“Anyone who misrepresents their income, address, employment or other information to gain TennCare benefits will be prosecuted,” Acting Inspector General Robert White said. “Tennessee taxpayers clearly want to keep people out of the program who are not eligible, and who would commit fraud to illegally gain healthcare insurance benefits.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Gomez could result in a two year jail sentence, if convicted. Theft of property over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. District Attorney General William H. Cox, III, is prosecuting.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/
and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."