Pair pleads guilty to TennCare fraud

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An Alabama couple has pleaded guilty to claiming they lived in Tennessee so they could get TennCare insurance benefits, the Office of the Inspector General announced on Tuesday.

Christopher T. Smith, 31, and Brittany J. Smith, 23, of Bridgeport, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count each of TennCare fraud and were ordered to reimburse the state over $16,000 in medical benefits, the agency said. They also agreed not to enroll or apply for TennCare benefits as a condition of their probation.

“When people cross state lines to enroll in TennCare, they are taking services away from Tennesseans who need health care insurance,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.

The Smiths were indicted by a Marion Co. grand jury in March of 2011.

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