KNOXVILLE – This week, in a deal to avoid an extensive indictment, a Kingsport speech pathologist pleaded guilty in an ongoing investigation by Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Agents began investigating Lisa H. Phillips on July 1, 2013, after receiving information from her employer at the time, Curlee Communication Consultants in Knoxville. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that, over a three-year period, Phillips, who worked with several school systems in Greene and Sullivan counties, billed TennCare for services she did not provide. The company terminated the woman’s employment when it learned about the alleged irregularities in her billing.

On Wednesday, Phillips pleaded guilty to one count of Theft over $10,000 and nine counts of TennCare Fraud. A judge released her on her own recognizance pending a sentencing hearing on November 9th. Because authorities did not take the 55-year-old into custody during the course of the investigation, a current photograph is not available for release.