|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE - A Lawrence County woman is charged in Maury County with TennCare fraud for using the program to obtain prescription drugs, which she later sold.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Maury County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Brenda F. Holloway, 54, of Summertown. She is charged with one count of TennCare fraud for obtaining the painkiller Percocet, which was paid for by TennCare, while planning to sell a portion or all of the pills.
“Prescription pain medication is a medical necessity for many people who have severe pain, usually for a temporary situation,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “But these medications have a high risk of addiction and abuse, and we are intent on eliminating the abuse in the TennCare program.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Holloway could result in a two year sentence if convicted. District Attorney General Mike Bottoms 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 1,400 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."