Former Bolivar City Council member Brenda Woods has been convicted of three counts of procuring illegal voters in the city’s 2009 municipal elections, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
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MEMPHIS, TN, December 27, 2013 - A Memphis man has been indicted on charges that he improperly billed the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center more than $5,000 in mileage for round trips from Tupelo, Mississippi, that he never made, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said.
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MEMPHIS, TN – October 30th, 2012 - Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that Mickey Edwards, age 48, was indicted on five (5) counts of aggravated burglary, six (6) counts of felony theft of property and three (3) counts of felony fraudulent use of a credit card.
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On November 4, 2011 Joseph Williams, former managing partner and part-owner of People’s Choice Auto Sales, LLC, located at 2466 Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. Bond was set at $50,000.00.
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MAY 20, 2011 - Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation that led to the guilty plea of Dennis Taylor to one count of Sales Tax Evasion and one count of Theft of Property over $10,000. Taylor is the owner of DJ Grocery, located at 3152 Johnson Ave., Memphis, TN.
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TennCare Fraud Investigation Yields Arrests in Shelby County
 The West Tennessee residents have been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on numerous TennCare fraud charges ranging from identity theft to prescription drug fraud
This was a joint investigation by the Office of Inspector General and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the indictment and arrests of the following people:
  • Zandra Smith, 38, of Memphis, has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud. Between June 2007 and November 2009, Smith willfully made false statements to gain TennCare benefits she was not entitled to receive.
  • Paula Smith, 56, of Millington, has been charged with two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping.” Smith failed to disclose to her doctor that she had seen another physician within a 30-day period and received a prescription for the same or similar controlled substance, with either the physician office visit or the prescription being paid for by TennCare.
  • Carolyn Edington, 31, of Jackson, has been charged with one count of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping.” Edington failed to disclose to her doctor that she had seen another physician within a 30-day period and received a prescription for the same or similar controlled substance, with either the physician office visit or the prescription being paid for by TennCare.
  • Tammie Martin, 37, of West Memphis, Arkansas, has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud. Between May 2007 and May 2010, Martin willfully made false statements or other fraudulent means to gain TennCare benefits she was not entitled to receive.
  • Sunny Kimbrell, 25, of Memphis, has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud and one count of obtaining controlled substance by fraud. Kimbrell allegedly altered a legitimate prescription by adding the pain killer Lortab and using her TennCare to pay for the altered prescription.
  • Jason Knowles, 33, of Memphis, has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud, one count of theft of services over $1000 but less than $10,000, and one count of identity theft. Knowles has been indicted for allegedly using the identity of a TennCare enrollee in order to gain admittance to Baptist Memorial Hospital by fraud in order to avoid payment for services. Knowles allegedly received TennCare benefits for which he was not entitled to.
  • Chalet Fletcher, 41, of Memphis, has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud and one count of theft of services over $10,000 but less than $60,000. Allegedly, Fletcher fraudulently obtained medical assistance benefits that she was not entitled to receive.
  • Charlotte Woods, 56, of Bolivar, has been charged with one count of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping.” Woods failed to disclose to her doctor that she had seen another physician within a 30-day period and received a prescription for the same or similar controlled substance, with either the physician office visit or the prescription being paid for by TennCare.
  • Adria Dodson, 32, of Memphis, has been charged with forty (40) counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of TennCare fraud. Dodson allegedly used forged prescriptions to obtain Hydrocodone w/ Acetaminophen paid for by TennCare.
“Our message is simple -- if you lie, cheat, or steal to get TennCare benefits, you risk going to jail because we will be looking for you all across the State of Tennessee,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office will prosecute these cases.
“The victim in these cases is the State of Tennessee. The prosecutors in my office will ensure that in each case we obtain the result that truth dictates and justice demands....for the State of Tennessee,” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
TennCare fraud is a class E Felony and carries a sentence of up to 2 years; obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, identity theft, and theft of services over $1,000 but less than $10,000 are class D felonies and carries a sentence of up to 4 years; theft of services over $10,000 but less than $60,000 is a class C felony and could result in a prison sentence of up to 6 years.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read “Report Fraud Now.”
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March 24, 2011
The Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Devitoe Farmer for two counts of theft of property over $60,000.00. Mr. Farmer stands accused of taking possession of the homes unlawfully and leasing them to others.
Farmer, age 42, is to be arraigned on the charges on May 6, 2011.
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