McMinn County woman indicted, accused of impersonating a licensed professional

Published 3:32 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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KNOX COUNTY — An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division has resulted in the indictment of a McMinn County woman on identity theft and criminal impersonation charges.
In May 2020, TBI agents began investigating allegations of identity theft involving Ellen Michelle Small, 47, after she applied for a nursing position at a facility in Farragut. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Small did not have a nursing license but used the license number of an individual with a similar name to apply for the position.
Last week, the Knox County grand jury returned indictments charging Small with one count of identity theft and one count of impersonation of a licensed professional. Today, she was arrested and booked into the Knox County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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