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Published: November 8, 2019


A MARSHALL COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED ON THURSDAY AND FACES CHARGES OF THEFT AND TENNCARE FRAUD.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE ARREST WAS A RESULT OF A JOINT EFFORT WITH THE MARSHALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. DAVID WALTER TUCKER OF LEWISBURG IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF OBTAINING BENEFITS THROUGH TENNCARE DESPITE NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, WHICH IS A CLASS D FELONY, AND ONE COUNT OF THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER $10,000, A CLASS C FELONY.  THE CASE IS BEING PROSECUTED BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT CARTER. INVESTIGATORS ADVISE TUCKER APPLIED FOR TENNCARE BENEFITS, CLAIMING AN INCOME OF $313.00 PER MONTH WHEN HIS ACTUAL SALARY WAS MANY TIMES THAT AMOUNT, APPROXIMATELY $3,500 A MONTH. HE ALSO REPORTED THAT HE HAD A DEPENDENT SON IN HIS HOUSEHOLD WHEN THE SON WAS LIVING WITH THE OTHER ESTRANGED PARENT. ADDITIONALLY, TUCKER IS ACCUSED OF USING HIS BROTHER’S SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION ON A JOB APPLICATION SO THE WAGE INFORMATION WAS NOT IDENTIFIED BY TENNCARE. IF CONVICTED, TUCKER COULD FACE UP TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON.