TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2005
MARSHALL CO. WOMAN ACCUSED OF FORGING PRESCRIPTIONS
FOR DRUGS PAID FOR BY TENNCARE
NASHVILLE - The Office of TennCare Inspector General (OIG) and the
Lewisburg Police Department today announced the arrest of a Marshall
County woman for TennCare fraud.
Susan Ada Blackwell of
Lewisburg, Tennessee, a TennCare enrollee was arrested and charged
for fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical assistance benefits. A
warrant alleges she presented a forged prescription for 120 pills
of Lortab to a pharmacy in Lewisburg. The Lortab, which is a powerful
and addictive painkiller, was subsequently paid for by TennCare.
“Lewisburg police officers laid the groundwork for this case
and asked for assistance, and that’s the kind of cooperation
we’re building statewide,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner
said. “Local officers are usually the first point of contact
with some of those who are committing TennCare fraud, and they want
to get it off the streets as badly as we do.”
The charge against Blackwell is a Class E felony, punishable by up
to four years in prison. A preliminary hearing was held shortly after
the arrest at the request of Assistant District Attorney Eddie Bernard.
Blackwell’s bond was set at $ 6,000 on the TennCare charge and
the case was bound over to the grand jury, which meets on May 18th.
Marshall County District Attorney Mike McCown is prosecuting.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982
toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tennessee.gov/tenncare
and follow the prompts for “Report Fraud Now.”
TennCare is the state’s managed care health insurance program
for 1.3 million people who are poor, disabled or uninsured.