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NASHVILLE, TN – A husband and wife from Cumberland County are charged with TennCare fraud for passing forged prescriptions and using TennCare public healthcare insurance to pay for them.
The Office of Inspector (OIG), with the assistance of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrests of Nathan Scott Huff, 29 and his wife, Jamie Dawn Huff, 29, both of Crossville.
Nathan Huff is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud for passing forged prescriptions for Norco and Vicodin, which are both forms of the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare benefits to pay for the forged prescriptions. He was also charged with four counts of TennCare “doctor shopping,” seeing multiple physicians with a 30-day period to obtain the strong painkiller Lortab. He billed his physician office visits to TennCare.
Nathan’s wife, Jamie, is charged with TennCare fraud for presenting a forged prescription for generic Hydrocodone, using her husband’s TennCare benefits to pay for the forged prescription.
“Our primary goal is to stop this activity in TennCare, so that prescription drugs are used in the matter they’re intended to be used,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “And, we hope people charged with prescription drug crimes in TennCare can finally get help after the arrest occurs.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Randall A. York is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,700 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."