TIP BUSTED: Three Memphis, Tennessee Women Indicted, Charged in TennCare Scheme

TIP BUSTED: Three Memphis, Tennessee Women Indicted, Charged in TennCare Scheme

MEMPHIS, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigationn (TBI) is reporting that an investigation by special agents with the TBI Medicaid Fraud Control Division has resulted in the indictment and arrest of three women from Memphis.

In December 2022, TBI received a tip from BlueCare, a TennCare-managed care contractor, alleging fraudulent billing for TennCare services in Memphis.

During the investigation, agents developed information that between June 2022 to October 2022, Latissa Johnson, who is the mother of a TennCare recipient, schemed with her child’s home care provider, Shaqunna Jackson, to submit claims for care that were never provided.

Agents also determined Jackson’s supervisor, Syretta Jenkins, participated in the scheme.

Memphis TBI suspects

L to R: Latissa Johnson, Shaqunna Jackson and Syretta Jenkins

On Tuesday, May 2nd, a Shelby County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Johnson (DOB: 11/16/85), Jackson (DOB: 2/15/96), and Jenkins (DOB: 5/29/80) each with:

  • TennCare Fraud and Theft of Property ($10,000 to $60,000)

On Tuesday, Jackson and Jenkins surrendered to authorities.

Today, Friday, May 19, with the assistance of the Memphis Police Department Fugitive Team, Johnson was taken into custody.

All three were booked into the Shelby County East Women’s Facility on $25,000.

Note: The TBI’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $7,051,938.75 for federal Fiscal Year 2022-2023. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $2,350,646.25 for Fiscal Year 2022-2023, is funded by the State of Tennessee.