MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2005
DAVIDSON CO. WOMAN CHARGED WITH
ATTEMPTED TENNCARE PRESCRIPTION FRAUD
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Davidson County woman is charged in connection
with an attempt to use TennCare benefits to pay for a fraudulent prescription.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of
49-year-old Melba Collins
of Nashville was arrested at her home by Metropolitan Nashville police
officers after OIG Agents obtained warrants for her arrest. According
to the warrant, Collins went to a Nashville pharmacy in March and
attempted to fill a forged prescription for the painkiller Lortab
and presented her TennCare card to pay for the fraudulent prescription.
Collins faces one count each of attempted TennCare fraud, forgery,
and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.
our continuing mission is to help preserve the integrity of the TennCare
prescription drug program," Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.
"We will attempt to do so by vigorously prosecuting anyone who uses
or attempts to use the program for illegitimate purposes."
TennCare fraud and forgery are Class E felonies carrying a sentence
of up to two years in prison. Obtaining controlled substances by fraud
is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in
prison. District Attorney General Torry Johnson 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 that read "Report Fraud Now."