NIOTA (WATE) – A McMinn County woman was ordered to pay the state of Tennessee after being accused of TennCare fraud.
Investigators says Traci B. Hamilton, 44, received medical benefits when she was not eligible for the service. The state ordered Hamilton to pay $18,346.85 and serve three years of probation.
This comes after, Hamilton was arrested in June 2015 after not reporting her true household income. She pleaded guilty to theft of services over $10,000.
“This is a common ploy used by people who want to make themselves look poor – on paper – while the taxpayers are picking up the tab for their medical services,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “We have uncovered various schemes that people are using to defraud the TennCare program, but bringing these folks to justice sends a message that we’re going to prosecute these cases.”