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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Dyer County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for apparently selling prescription drugs that had been obtained using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Jacklynn Gayle Biggers, also known as Jacklynn Bailey, of Dyersburg, after a joint investigation with the Dyersburg Police Department.
Biggers was being arraigned in a Dyer County Criminal Court on charges related to the case when she was officially notified of the TennCare fraud charge. She is accused of filling a prescription for the strong painkiller Morphine at a local pharmacy, using TennCare as payment, then selling a portion of the drug.
“We are working with municipal and county police officers across the state as it relates to TennCare fraud – especially when prescription drugs are involved,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Local police are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse and so is the OIG.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Biggers could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General Phillip Bivens 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 1,700 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."