FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005
COFFEE COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TENNCARE FRAUD
GRANDPARENTS WERE ALSO ARRESTED IN DRUG FRAUD SWEEP THIS WEEK
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The granddaughter of a Coffee County couple
- arrested this week for TennCare fraud – now faces similar
charges. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today announced
the arrest, the fourth this week in Coffee County for TennCare fraud.
24, of Tullahoma is accused of obtaining a prescription for a painkiller,
paid for by TennCare and giving the pills to her grandfather to sell.
her grandfather Huey Baker,
72, and Mary Baker, 61,
both also of Tullahoma were arrested in connection with the case.
They are charged with either obtaining or aiding and abetting another
person in fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical assistance benefits
to which they were not entitled.
According to OIG Special Agents, an undercover informant working
for the Tullahoma Police Department last month purchased 62 hydrocodone
pills from the Huey Baker at his business, Huey’s Thrift Store,
in Tullahoma. Agents say the pills were from a prescription obtained
by granddaughter Holly Baker and paid for by TennCare. The elder Baker
admitted to investigators that his granddaughter gave him some of
her TennCare prescription pills to sell.
“The Office of Inspector General is aggressively pursuing TennCare
fraud in Coffee County and all county law enforcement officials as
well as those in Manchester and Tullahoma stand with them in their
efforts to arrest prosecute people who are stealing money from the
taxpayers and medicines from the truly sick,” Coffee County
District Attorney Mickey Layne said. “We have an excellent relationship
with Inspector General Faulkner and her office and our anti-TennCare
fraud efforts are continuing in Coffee County."
The TennCare charge against Ms. Baker is a Class E felony, punishable
by up to two years in prison. Holly Baker’s bond was set at
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 that read “Report Fraud Now.”