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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Humphreys County woman is charged with 15 counts of TennCare fraud for passing forged prescriptions and using the state’s Medicaid managed care program to pay for the prescriptions.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Linda Justice, 51, of McEwen, after a joint investigation with the Waverly Police Department. Justice, who was later arraigned in a Humphreys County Criminal Court, is a dental hygienist. She’s accused of filling 15 forged prescriptions and using TennCare to pay for them.
“We have a major focus on prescription drug fraud in TennCare,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Tennessee citizens want this scourge out of the program and out of their communities.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Justice could result in a two year sentence per charge, if convicted. 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."