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Published on May 23, 2024
Two Indicted in Coffee County for Alleged TennCare Fraud SchemeSource: Google Street View

Two individuals were indicted in Coffee County for an alleged scheme to defraud TennCare, Tennessee's Medicaid program. Johnny Ray Brooks, age 46, and Ashley Marie Harrell, age 34, are now facing legal repercussions after a thorough Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) investigation.

According to the WKRN report, the TBI's Medicaid Fraud Control Division launched the probe in June 2023 following a tip-off from the Tennessee Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services. It was revealed that Brooks and Harrell allegedly submitted false information to receive payments for caregiver services that were, in reality, not provided.

The Coffee County Grand Jury delivered indictments on May 14, as cited by TBI Newsroom, charging both Brooks and Harrell with one count each of TennCare fraud and theft. The TBI statement also noted that a significant portion, about 75 percent, of the funding for the Medicaid Fraud Control Division is sourced from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, amounting to over $8.9 million for the federal fiscal year 2023-2024.

Following the indictments, officials said Brooks and Harrell were arrested on May 21. Collaboration between TBI agents and the Coffee County Sheriff's Department led to both suspects' booking into the Coffee County Jail. "The TBI said members of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department helped agents arrest and book both individuals into the Coffee County Jail, with their bonds set at $15,000 each," according to WKRN.