|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - A Davidson County woman is charged for the third time with TennCare fraud involving prescription drugs.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, announced the arrest of Lisa Renee Sesler, 38, of Nashville.
An indictment states that on four separate occasions, Sesler presented forged prescriptions for the painkiller Lortab with an unauthorized signature of a provider and using TennCare to pay for the forged prescriptions. She was indicted in Davidson County on four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, four counts of identity theft, two counts of TennCare fraud, and four counts of forgery
“Pharmacies across Tennessee are alert to the tactics criminals use to fraudulently obtain prescription painkillers,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We work closely with Tennessee pharmacies to help us identify these cases, then we will prosecute them.”
Sesler was first arrested in Sumner County in October of last year when she was charged with one count of fraud and one count of forgery for trying to fill a forged prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone. She also arrested in Robertson County in November of last year on a charge of TennCare fraud for allegedly presenting a forged prescription for the painkiller Lortab and using TennCare benefits to pay for the drugs.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft are both Class D felonies that carry a sentence of up to four years in prison per charge. District Attorney Victor S. Johnson 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 1,600 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.