Coffee County Woman Charged With TennCare Fraud
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Manchester Police Department has announced the arrest of Valerie Diane Prince, 44, of Summitville. An indictment accuses Prince of TennCare fraud in connection with selling the painkiller Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, which was obtained using TennCare benefits.
“The Manchester Police Department laid the groundwork for this case before we joined in the investigation, and that’s the kind of cooperation we’re building statewide,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. 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, 2,476 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 go to http://www.tn.gov/finance/topic/fa-oig.