|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE - A Davidson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for trying to fill fraudulent prescriptions and use TennCare to pay for it.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with the Metro Nashville Police Department today announced the arrest of Patricia Lovon Hall, 31, of Nashville.
Hall was charged with one count of TennCare fraud, one count of identity theft, and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The charges against Hall say she presented a forged prescription for the painkiller hydrocodone bearing the name and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency number of a provider, which she is not authorized to use.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. Attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft both are Class D felonies that carry a sentence of up to four years in prison. District Attorney Victor “Tory” 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 1,400 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."