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NASHVILLE, TN – – A Wilson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Mary Daniell Gibson, 24, of Lebanon, after a joint investigation with the Lebanon Police Department.
Gibson is charged with TennCare fraud and selling of a Schedule III control substance. She is accused of filling a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone, which was paid for with TennCare benefits, then selling a portion of the pills.
“Any amount of prescription drug trafficking is intolerable in Tennessee, especially when public healthcare dollars are involved,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “TennCare members involved in this kind of activity will be prosecuted.”
If convicted, Gibson could be sentenced up to four years in prison on the charges against her, which are Class D and Class E felonies. Wilson County District Attorney Tom P. Thompson 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."