Bedford County Woman facing TennCare Charges in Coffee County

Sonya M Leverette

Sonya M Leverette

A Bedford County woman is charged a second time for doctor shopping, or going to multiple providers to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sonya Marie Leverette, 31, of Shelbyville. She is charged in Coffee County with four counts of doctor shopping involving the painkillers Hydrocodone and a form of Codeine, using TennCare to pay for the clinical visits, the prescriptions or both.
Leverette was first arrested in April, after an indictment in Bedford County, where she faced three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping. Both cases were worked together, with the indictments served a few months apart.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Craig Northcott is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,657 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”