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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Crockett County woman is charged in a Gibson County indictment with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Robin S. Brumett, 48, of Alamo. Brumett is charged with two counts of “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs.
“Local police and local healthcare providers have been our best resources in this war against TennCare fraud, especially prescription drug abuse,’” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We will continue to pursue people who commit these crimes until the message reaches saturation that this crime has serious repercussions.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Garry Brown 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 1,900 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."