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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - A Sumner County woman is charged for the third time with doctor shopping, or going to multiple doctors to obtain the same or similar controlled substances and using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits as payment.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Metro Nashville Police officers, today announced the arrest of 32-year old Katherine L. Fry. She is charged in an indictment with four counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping for the painkiller Oxycodone, using TennCare to access healthcare benefits.
Earlier this summer, Fry was arrested twice within a week’s time. On June 19, she was charged in Williamson County with doctor shopping involving Oxycodone, and on June 12, she was arrested on a Sumner County indictment charging her with seven counts of doctor shopping.
“People involved in prescription drug abuse often aren’t concerned about the repercussions of crimes committed to obtain and/or sell drugs,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “The Office of Inspector General is aggressively investigating and prosecuting individuals who are involved in this activity in TennCare.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Victor S. Johnson, III will be prosecuting the Davidson County case.
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."