Winchester Woman Busted For TennCare Fraud

Rachel Archer

Rachel Archer

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) on Tuesday announced the arrest of Rachel Archer, 66, of Winchester TN. She is charged in connection with using TennCare to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone, later selling a portion to an undercover informant. She is charged with TennCare fraud, sale of a Schedule III controlled substance, delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance and felony possession of a Schedule III controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver. District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor is prosecuting the Franklin County case.
“Prescription drug fraud is a significant burden on the health care system and on communities across the state, “Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “We’re committed to eliminating this crime in the TennCare program, and local police and providers across the state are working with us in this effort.”
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, over 2,300 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.”