A Sumner County woman and her husband are charged with TennCare fraud for misrepresenting their circumstances in order to enroll in the state’s healthcare insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) in a joint effort with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallatin Police Department charged 41-year-old Amy Barnett of Portland with TennCare fraud and theft of services over $10,000. Her husband Jason Barnett is charged with TennCare fraud and theft of services
Authorities say Amy Barnett failed to report her marriage to Jason Barnett, including his income, in order to obtain TennCare benefits for their two children. Jason Barnett is accused of incorrectly reporting his income to the state, which was allegedly well above the threshold for the family to receive TennCare benefits. As a result, TennCare paid approximately $23,400 in fees and claims on behalf of the Barnett children.
“Using the TennCare program and receiving benefits that one is not entitled to will not be tolerated in Tennessee,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “The OIG appreciates the efforts of the Gallatin Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department in assisting in our continued collaboration to protect the Tennessee taxpayers’ money.”
TennCare fraud is a class D felony and theft of services is a class C felony. If convicted, Amy J. Barnett could face up to 27 years in prison. Jason Barnett could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.