|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 27, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - A Roane County woman is charged in Rhea County with TennCare fraud for filling prescriptions and using her son’s TennCare benefits to pay for it.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockwood Police Department, today announced the arrest of 33-year old Amanda C. Roberts of Rockwood. She is charged with six counts of TennCare fraud, accused of obtaining for the drug Adderall, which is prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. The drugs were obtained by the means of willfully giving false statements, using impersonation and concealment of material facts.
“With the cooperation of local law enforcement agencies and medical providers, we are aggressively going after anyone who tries to commit fraud against the TennCare program,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.
Illegally obtaining TennCare medical benefits is a Class E felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor will prosecute.
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 1,600 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."