WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2005
MARSHALL COUNTY COUPLE ARRESTED FOR TENNCARE FRAUD
TENNCARE BILLED FOR FORGED PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS
NASHVILLE – Two Marshall County residents are charged today
with TennCare fraud after officials say they used a TennCare card
to get forged prescriptions filled at a local pharmacy. The Office
of TennCare Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of 29-year-old
Amanda Marie Harris and
Timothy Craig Spain, 34,
both of Lewisburg.
Harris – who is a TennCare enrollee - faces a felony charge
of fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical services by telephoning
a pharmacy in Lewisburg with a prescription order for the painkiller
Loratab. Spain is accused of aiding and abetting Harris by picking
up the prescription knowing that it was forged and paid for by TennCare.
“This is a great example of a pharmacy that was alert to the
tactics some people will use to obtain prescription painkillers,”
Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Tennessee pharmacies
are getting more and more tuned in to the aspects of TennCare fraud,
and we depend on them to help us identify these cases so we can prosecute
The charge against both Harris and Spain are Class E felonies, punishable
by up to two years in prison. Bond was set at $ 3,000 each. 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 that read “Report Fraud Now.”
TennCare is the state’s managed care health insurance program
for 1.3 million people who are poor, disabled or uninsured.