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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Robertson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for using the state’s healthcare insurance program to pay for a fraudulent prescription.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Jessi Hall-Norrod, 26, of Springfield. She is accused of using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to pay for a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone, which is a Schedule III controlled substance.
“The Office of Inspector General has a zero tolerance for people who use TennCare to support prescription drug abuse,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We appreciate the hard work of the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – and local law enforcement across the state - as we work to stop TennCare fraud.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General John W. Carney 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."