BlueCross BlueShield employee indicted following alleged crime at the Department of Labor

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – BlueCross BlueShield is conducting an investigation to see if one of their now former employees committed a crime similar to the one allegedly committed at her former job with the State Department of Labor.

Lora Bradshaw Heath, 44, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of official misconduct, theft of property and identity theft.

According to the indictment, Heath used her position within the Department of Labor to steal someone’s identity. She’s accused of using that identity to unlawfully obtain more than $1,000 worth of property from the Tennessee Unemployment Insurance Fund.

The alleged crime occurred between July 4th of 2014 and January 4th of last year.

Heath was arrested at the BlueCross BlueShield office in Chattanooga where she worked as a customer service representative.

A spokesperson for BlueCross BlueShield told News 12that Heath’s employment was terminated Wednesday morning after the company learned of her indictment.

BlueCross BlueShield is now launching it’s own investigation to make sure none of its customers personal information has been compromised by Heath.

BlueCross Blue Shield issued this statement:

“It is our understanding that her arrest was in no way connected to her work here. We were first informed of the indictment yesterday afternoon upon her arrest and immediately suspended the employee, pending additional information from law enforcement. Based on the nature and severity of the charges, we dismissed the employee today as a precaution. In addition, we are conducting our own investigation as a protective measure for our members.”

Heath had been employed at BlueCross BlueShield since April of 2015 and according to the executive staff, no red flags were raised during her per-employment background check.

Her next court date is April 8.

 

 

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