McMinnVille Woman Arrested For TennCare Fraud

Friday, June 6, 2014
Julie D. Wright
Julie D. Wright

A woman charged with TennCare fraud has been apprehended after eluding authorities for over a year.    

The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Friday announced the arrest of Julie D. Wright, 36, of McMinnville.

She was charged in an indictment in April of 2013 with TennCare fraud in connection with obtaining a controlled substance paid for by TennCare, while planning to sell a portion of the drugs. 

"We´re continuing to crack down on people using TennCare to finance their drug habit or to provide a way for users to put the drugs on the street for other users to purchase illegally,” Acting Inspector General Robert White said. "Local police and providers are committed to helping us eliminate prescription drug abuse, especially when TennCare is involved."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Randall A. York is prosecuting. 

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures.  To date, 2,119 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

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 and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

Christapher Baumgartner, 24, Arrested In Bradley County On Burglary And Evading Arrest Charges

Christapher Baumgartner, 24, was arrested on Tuesday in Bradley County on multiple charges.   Cleveland Police Department officers responded at noon on Tuesday to the Old American Knitting Factory on 6th street SE in reference to a burglary in progress. As officers were speaking to the victim, they heard a noise and noticed a large white male, wearing dark clothing, exit ... (click for more)

City Council Approves Tax Break For Volkswagen Supplier Gestamp

The City Council on Tuesday approved new tax breaks for a major Volkswagen supplier in Chattanooga. Gestamp already has a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) at the VW supplier park at the Enterprise South Industrial Park. It recently acquired 29 acres at the former Brachs candy plant on Jersey Pike. Gestamp had asked that the PILOT be extended to the new property. Council ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So Why Pick A Fight?

On Tuesday I spied a picture that proclaimed “The Mayors Say…It is time for a Smoke-Free Community.” Apparently the newest clown on our horizon has led a group of very knowledgeable and learned people into an ambush because even country music’s Travis Tritt can tell you this means T-R-O-U-B-L-E. You are about to mess with the wrong group of people. The mayor of Lookout Mountain, ... (click for more)

Hixson Sweeps Central For First Region 3-AA Volleyball Title

It was a rematch of last week's District 6-AA volleyball final on Tuesday night at Hixson for first place in Region 3-AA. The results were the same as last week, but the second time around wasn't nearly as close as the Hixson Lady Wildcats played one of their best matches of the season in sweeping the Lady Pounders by scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-22. Hixson earned its spot ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Defeats Walker Valley, 3-1, For Region 3-3A Title

Ooltewah wasn’t about to let Tuesday’s volleyball match against Walker Valley go to a harrowing five games like the previous two played out. So, the Lady Owls (44-11) stopped the action after four games to claim a 3-1 victory and nail down their third Region 3-3A championship in four years at Edward M. Foster Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 25-15. “We ... (click for more)