The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced this week three arrest in Coffee County on TennCare Fraud charges:
- Lisa Lemons, 50, of Manchester, charged with two counts of TennCare fraud, allegedly using her TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone and Alprazolam, an anti-depressant, while planning to sell a portion of the drugs.
- Michael Bumpus, 46, of Tullahoma, charged with one count of TennCare fraud for using TennCare benefits to obtain Soma, a muscle relaxant, later selling a portion of the prescription.
- Regina Lacewell, 50, of Manchester, charged with one count of TennCare fraud for using TennCare benefits to obtain the strong painkiller Morphine, concealing the fact she planned to sell a portion of the drug.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Mickey Layne will prosecute the Coffee County cases.
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.”