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FRIDAY, FEB. 7, 2014

 
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FOUR CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD IN HUMPHREYS ROUND-UP

NASHVILLE, TN – TennCare fraud charges have been lodged against four people in Humphreys County.  The four are among 13 people arrested after a multi-agency undercover operation.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), working with the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force and the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the four also charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs.

“Our colleagues with the task force and the sheriff’s office were key to building these cases and helping us make these arrests,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.  “This type of support is crucial to eliminating TennCare drug fraud.”

“This is the result of over two months of investigative work,” Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said. “And, it’s an excellent example of the culmination of law enforcement efforts.”   

The 4 arrested and charged with TennCare fraud are:

  • Amanda Yates, 30, of McEwen, charged with two counts of TennCare fraud, and two counts of sale of a controlled substance. She’s accused of using TennCare benefits to obtain the painkillers Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, later selling a portion of the drugs to an undercover agent;
  • Jennifer Burns, 39, of Waverly, charged with TennCare fraud, sale of Schedule II controlled substance and sale of a Schedule II controlled substance in a school zone. An indictment says Burns sold Oxycodone obtained with TennCare benefits within 1,000 feet of a child care facility;
  • Debra Smith, 53, of Waverly, charged with TennCare fraud and two counts of sale of Schedule II controlled substance for using TennCare to obtain Oxycodone, and on two occasions selling a portion of the drugs to an undercover agent; and,
  • Sara Lee Stanfield, 47, of McEwen, charged with TennCare fraud and two counts sale of Schedule III controlled substance.  She’s accused of using TennCare benefits to obtain Hydrocodone and selling a portion of the drugs to an undercover agent on two separate occasions.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony and carries a sentence of up to 2 years. The sale of Schedule III controlled substance is Class D felony carrying a sentence of up to four years in prison per charge, and sale of a schedule II controlled substance is a Class C felony, punishable by three to six years in prison. The sale of Schedule II in a School Zone is a Class B Felony and carries up to a 12 year sentence. District Attorney General Dan M. Alsobrooks 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 2,000 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."