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Thursday, 07 April 2016 14:31

Transportation Provider Pleads Guilty to Defrauding State

MEMPHIS – April 6, 2016 - A 60-year-old man who operated a transportation service for patients receiving mental health services through TennCare has pled guilty to fraudulently billing the state of Tennessee more than $200,000, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
John Grier pled guilty Monday to felony theft over $60,000 and was sentenced to eight years’ probation.He also was ordered to pay restitution of $218,911.73 by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward.
He operated Caring Touch Transportation from November 2005 to August 2007, taking TennCare patients to and from appointments with health-care providers in the multiple vans he operated.
Grier’s fraudulent billing involved more than 70,000 transactions, and in the vast majority of those transactions, he instructed his employees to bill twice the standard billing rate, investigators said.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Public Corruption & Economic Crime Unit (PCEC) which is responsible for the prosecution of fraud and theft from governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses, and money laundering cases.
Prosecutors and investigators work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in bringing the cases to justice.
The unit is part of the Memphis and Shelby County White Collar Crime Task Force that includes law enforcement officers from the Memphis Police Department Economic Crime Unit and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
The PCEC also operates the DA’s Hot Check Program that helps local merchants and citizens recover funds from worthless-check writers.