Two People, In Separate Cases Charged With TennCare Fraud
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 39-year old Brian K. Tucker. A Coffee County Grand Jury indicted Tucker with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping for drugs, using TennCare as payment.
Tucker was first arrested in August of this year when he was charged with doctor shopping in Bedford County. Those charges are still pending in court.
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. In an unrelated story, a Warren County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for using the state’s healthcare insurance program to pay for fraudulent prescriptions.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacqueline Rose Yates, 30, of McMinnville. She is charged with TennCare fraud and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Charges accuse her of presenting fraudulent prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycodone and Adderall, a stimulant, using TennCare benefits to pay for the forgeries.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.
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, 2,238 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.”