HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — The former owner of a popular Oneida discount store has been indicted by a Scott County grand jury on allegations of TennCare and food stamp fraud.
Teresa Jean Willoughby, 43, of Oneida, was taken into custody by Scott County Sheriff's Department officers last week, one week after a grand jury indicted her on charges of TennCare fraud, SNAP — food stamp — fraud, two counts of theft of services, and perjury.
Willoughby founded the Teresa's This & That discount store in Oneida.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Inspector General's office, Willoughby falsely reported her assets in order to qualify for TennCare health insurance benefits and the food stamp program.
The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.
"People who misrepresent themselves to obtain benefits preserved for people who qualify for help are stealing from state taxpayers, plain and simple," Acting Inspector General Robert White said. "Regardless of income, status or history, if a person is committing TennCare fraud, we're committed to catching it and prosecuting."
If convicted, Willoughby could face up to four years in prison on each charge of theft of services, and an additional two years per charge of TennCare and food stamp fraud.