|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Hamilton County woman is charged for the second time with TennCare “doctor shopping,” or going to multiple doctors in a short period to obtain the same or similar controlled substances, using TennCare to pay.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from the Hamilton County Fugitive Unit, today announced the arrest of 48-year old Janet K. Evans, indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury for three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping.” Evans is accused of going to multiple physicians within a 30-day period, failing to disclose to her doctor that she had seen another physician within a 30-day period. The prescriptions she received were for the painkillers Hydrodocone and Oxycodone.
Evans was previously arrested December 2, 2010, stemming from a Grand Jury indictment in Knox County. At that time, she was charged with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping.” Those charges also involved controlled substances.
“Prescription drug abuse is a scourge that citizens will no longer allow, and we are working with many others across the state to end this abuse in the TennCare program,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “With the help of providers and local officers, we’re sending a message that abusing TennCare will have serious repercussions.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General William H. Cox, III is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $2.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $171 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,300 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."