|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Warren County woman is charged with TennCare Fraud in Cannon County, accused of using the state’s public healthcare insurance program to obtain prescription drugs, which she later sold.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), assisted by the Warren and Cannon County Sheriff’s officers, today announced the arrest of Jennifer D. Woodlee, 29, of Dover.
Woodlee was indicted on one count of TennCare fraud for presenting a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for the prescription while intending to sell a portion of it.
“This is another example of local law enforcement working with the OIG when TennCare fraud is suspected,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Anyone who spots TennCare fraud can contact the OIG and we can work together to stop this crime.”
The TennCare fraud charges against Woodlee could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General William C. Whitesell, Jr. 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, nearly 1,500 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."