A joint investigation by special agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department, has resulted in the arrest of a Nashville woman on multiple charges, including theft and financial exploitation of an elderly person, according to a press release from the TBI.
In August 2020, TBI agents received information from Adult Protective Services of an allegation of fraud and theft by a certified nurse aide who worked in a Murfreesboro rehabilitation center.
The investigation revealed that on two different days, an elderly resident’s bank card has been used at an adjacent business by someone other than the card owner. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that identified Candace Booker, the aide who was assigned to the victim, as the individual who made the purchases.
On June 11th, investigators arrested Candace Booker, 39, on two counts of Theft, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Card, and one count of Financial Exploitation of an Elderly/ Vulnerable Person. Booker was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on an $8,000 bond.
The Tennessee 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 $6,862,935.00 for Federal fiscal year 2020. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $2,287,645.00 for FY 2021, is funded by the State of Tennessee.