Former Ringgold resident charged with TennCare fraud in Hamilton County

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A woman from Hamblen County, Tennessee who recently lived in Ringgold is charged with TennCare fraud for falsely reporting that she resided in Tennessee in order to obtain benefits from the taxpayer-funded program, according to Tennessee's Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

The OIG, with the assistance of the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, announced the arrest of 39-year-old Desha Majors of Morristown.

She is charged in a Hamilton County indictment with TennCare fraud and theft of property over $10,000.

The OIG says the charges say she obtained TennCare healthcare insurance benefits by fraudulently reporting her residency in order to appear eligible for TennCare. At the time of her enrollment, Majors lived in Ringgold. She now lives in Morristown,.

“It is a crime to receive TennCare benefits while living in another state, as TennCare benefits are reserved for Tennesseans,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “We appreciate the cooperation of citizens and local law enforcement in working these cases.”

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge. Theft of services over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.