2 Scott County women charged with TennCare fraud

L: Judy Bell, R: Judy Chaney (Photo: The Office of Inspector General)

NASHVILLE (WATE) – Two Scott County women were arrested after the state believes they committed TennCare fraud.

Judy Bell, 57, was charged with TennCare and food stamp fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes she hid information about her children’s residence.

Judy Chaney, 33, was arrested for not giving income information in order to receive TennCare.

“The message is simple; anyone who lies, cheats or steals to receive TennCare benefits is in very serious risk of criminal prosecution,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “People who commit TennCare fraud are taking something they are not entitled to and they risk jail time, fines, having to repay for the services received, or even forfeiting access to TennCare in the future.”

A McMinn County woman was ordered to pay back the state after being accused of TennCare fraud last week.

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.

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