Powell woman arrested on 17 counts of TennCare fraud

Powell woman arrested on 17 counts of TennCare fraud

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Ashley Tippens (Source: Tennessee Office of Inspector General) Ashley Tippens (Source: Tennessee Office of Inspector General)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County woman was arrested for TennCare fraud and theft for benefits she received under the insurance program.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced Monday that Ashley Leigh Anne Tippens, 36, of Powell was arrested and charged with 17 counts of TennCare fraud and five counts of theft of property.

Tippens also goes by the names Ashley Votaw and Ashley Page.

Tippens is accused of receiving TennCare benefits by making false statements or through other fraudulent means from October 2008 and May 2012.

"People who misrepresent themselves in order to qualify for TennCare are going to be caught and prosecuted," Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. "TennCare fraud is a felony and a conviction could mean jail time."

Tippens could receive up to a two-year sentence per charge and the theft of property charge could result in a sentence up to four years per charge.

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