THIRD TIME IN TWO MONTHS: GRUNDY CO. COUPLE CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
2 OTHERS ALSO ARRESTED FOR TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE – A Grundy County couple is charged for the third time in two months for TennCare prescription drug fraud – and a relative of one of them is charged for the second time with TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced that Brandy Braden Horton, 29, and Larry Hill, 36, both of Beersheba Springs, were booked on TennCare fraud charges for the third time in the past two months. Brandy Horton faces 22 counts of prescription drug fraud and three counts of TennCare fraud. Hill faces 13 counts of prescription drug fraud and three counts of TennCare fraud. Both are accused of presenting forged prescriptions for controlled substances to Franklin County pharmacies in Franklin County and paying for them with TennCare.
Horton’s aunt was also arrested in the case and charged for the second time with TennCare fraud. Betty Nunley, 63, of Coalmon in Franklin County was charged with 13 counts of prescription drug fraud and two counts of TennCare fraud. Nunley is also accused of presenting forged prescriptions for controlled substances to local pharmacies and paying for them with TennCare benefits.
The charges are Class E felonies punishable by up to 2 years in prison for each offense. All three will be prosecuted by District Attorney J. Michael Taylor.
In an unrelated TennCare fraud case in Sumner County, 32-year old Terria Davis was arrested and charged for passing two forged narcotics prescriptions to a local pharmacy and paying for them with TennCare. The arrest was coordinated with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department. Each charge carries possible penalties of one to two years in prison. District Attorney General Dee Gay of Sumner County will be prosecuting both cases.
“We are determined to prevent TennCare dollars from supporting anyone’s prescription drug habits,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We appreciate the hard work of local law enforcement agencies across the state and are working with many other agencies to stop this activity in TennCare.”
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.”