Woman charged with TennCare fraud in Hamilton County

Woman charged with TennCare fraud in Hamilton County

July 9th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Xochitl Gomez

Xochitl Gomez

A Rossville woman is charged with claiming she lived in Tennessee in order to obtain TennCare health care insurance benefits.

Xochitl Gomez, 47, was arrested Wednesday on an indictment charging her with TennCare fraud and theft of property. She turned herself in at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release.

"Anyone who misrepresents their income, address, employment or other information to gain TennCare benefits will be prosecuted," Acting Inspector General Robert White said. "Tennessee taxpayers clearly want to keep people out of the program who are not eligible, and who would commit fraud to illegally gain health care insurance benefits."

If convicted, Gomez could be sentenced to two years in prison.