|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Perry County woman is charged for the second time with “doctor shopping,” or going to multiple doctors to obtain the same or similar controlled substances, and using TennCare state healthcare insurance benefits as payment.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Perry County Sheriff’s Officers, today announced the arrest of 31-year old Allyson Hinson, of Linden. She is charged in a Perry County indictment with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping” for Hydrocodone prescriptions.
Hinson was arrested on the same charge less than a month ago - August 15 – after an indictment in Lewis County charged her with two counts of “doctor shopping” for Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for the physician office visit.
“Crossing into another county to try to get prescription drugs does not prevent a person from being busted for trying to stock up on prescriptions for painkillers,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We will continue to go after these individuals every time they try to commit fraud against TennCare, which is vitally important to a lot of Tennesseans.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Kim R. Helper is prosecuting the Sevier 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 1,700 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."