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Fraud case against Global Outreach founders was flawed

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A Califarmia food truck is pictured on the 401 Center St. campus of Global Outreach Developments International on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Old Hickory, Tenn.  Fraud charges against the nonprofit's founder Gregg Garner and his wife, Tara Garner, have been dropped after the prosecution's case fell apart.
  • Gregg and Tara Garner founded Nashville-based nonprofit Global Outreach Developments International.
  • The couple was indicted last year on charges of theft and TennCare fraud.
  • New evidence shows prosecutors dropped the case against them this summer.

Prosecutors discovered issues with the Medicaid fraud case against Gregg and Tara Garner, the husband-and-wife duo behind Global Outreach Developments in Nashville, new details from the now-closed case show.

The Garners were accused in March 2021 of deceiving the state’s medical assistance program by failing to report business income that would have disqualified family members from receiving health insurance benefits.

New evidence suggests the family behind the faith-based nonprofit was mistakenly enrolled in TennCare after a phone call between a Medicaid representative and a family assistant. During the call, the assistant identified herself as Tara Garner.

“It was evident to us that the Garners did not actively put their kids on TennCare,” Assistant District Attorney Chadwick Jackson said this summer in conversations with The Tennessean. “It was this person trying to figure out the health insurance situation who did it by accident.”

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