MEMPHIS – An investigation by Special Agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Memphis woman on charges of fraud and theft.

At the request of the Division of TennCare’s Office of Program Integrity Unit in December of 2016, TBI Agents began investigating allegations that Cynthia Abernathy falsified documentation for TennCare services she never received.  During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that timesheets were submitted by a former caregiver of Abernathy between January 2015 and February 2017.  However, Agents determined those services were never provided and the caregiver did not submit the timesheets.

On July 11th, the Shelby County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Abernathy (DOB: 5/2/56) with one count of Theft of Property over $60,000 and one count of TennCare Fraud of $60,000 or more.  On July 18th, she was booked into the Shelby County East Women’s Facility and release on her own recognizance.

Abernathy, Cynthia