|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE - A Bedford County woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced that Amanda S. Reid, 24, of Shelbyville, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony TennCare fraud and three counts of sale of a controlled substance.
Charges said Reid used her TennCare benefits to obtain prescriptions for Morphine and Lortab, along with the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, concealed her plan to sell a portion of the pills.
Reid pleaded guilty to all five charges and the court sentenced her to five years Community Corrections Probation, a $2,000 fine, and she has been ordered to serve 90 days in jail. District Attorney General Charles Crawford prosecuted this case.
"We are working hard to seek charges against anyone we find misusing TennCare,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “People are getting the message that the OIG is going after TennCare fraud with a full court approach."
The OIG, a law enforcement agency separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has worked cases leading to the arrest of over 800 individuals for TennCare fraud, with nearly $1 million paid in restitution to TennCare, and total estimated cost avoidance in TennCare of over $122 million, according to latest figures.
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.tncarefraud.tennessee.gov and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."