Fires and fraud reported
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 28, 2014 | 1474 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Bradley County Fire-Rescue had one firefighter suffer heat exhaustion early Sunday morning as he was involved in fighting a structure fire on Rodney Drive.

The fire destroyed a single-wide mobile home on Rodney Drive.

According to BCFR Chief Troy Maney, the home was occupied by a mother and her son.

Maney said the child heard a popping noise and looked outside and found the home on fire.

The mother, child and their pet dog escaped the fire safely.

The fire was reported just after midnight.

According to Maney, the firefighter was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center where he was treated and later released. A possible cause of the fire is under investigation.

American Red Cross responded to the scene to aid the family and Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics treated the firefighter before transporting him to the hospital.

- Cleveland Fire Department is also investigating a fire which occurred Thursday at a Church Street residence.

Chief Steve Haun said the cause of the fire which damaged a single-family structure has not been determined.

Investigator Ben Atchley is in charge of the case.

- A Georgia woman reportedly crossed the state line to allegedly commit TennCare Fraud. Virginia Carter of Mineral Bluff, Ga., has been charged with three counts of TennCare Fraud and Theft of Services.

According to Lola Potter of the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General, Carter was indicted for “falsely reporting her income to the state in order to obtain TennCare benefits. The charges are based on activities that occurred when she lived in Tennessee.”

Carter turned herself over to Polk County authorities last week, Potter said.

Investigators learned Carter had “not disclosed her true income to the state in order to get TennCare healthcare insurance benefits. Her actual income was outside the limits for TennCare enrollment,”

Illegally obtaining TennCare benefits is a Class E felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison per charge. The theft of services charge is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. District Attorney General Stephen Crump will prosecute the case for the OIG.