Chandler Woman Indicted on State Benefits Fraud Allegations

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Jennifer Garrett on 10 felony counts after allegedly falsifying her income to qualify for more than $70,000 in state benefits. During the time Garrett aka Jennifer Haynie received state medical benefits, investigators allege she and her then-husband owned and operated a successful car restoration business in Arizona. In addition, Garrett allegedly purchased a Nissan 350Z and a Mercedes SUV while receiving state benefits. 

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System also known as AHCCCS launched an investigation after receiving a tip claiming Garrett was driving a Mercedes and living in a large home while receiving state benefits. Arizona residents must fall below a certain income to qualify for state Medicaid benefits. AHCCCS investigators say Garrett would not have qualified for state benefits if she had accurately reported her income.

Garrett is now facing 10 felony charges including one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, one count of Fraud, one count of Theft, and six counts of Forgery. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michelle Hogan.

For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.

Full copy of Garrett’s indictment.