The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the arrest of Angela Shetters, 36, of Estill Springs. She is charged with fraudulently obtaining TennCare controlled substance benefits to which she was not entitled by doctor shopping for the painkiller Hydrocodone.
Shetters was arrested again last week after being accused by a grand jury in Coffee County of two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping.
She turned herself in to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office just after being released on indictments earlier last week from a separate incident. The cases were worked concurrently, with indictments being handed down separately.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,222 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”