FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2005
MID-STATE PAIR CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
TENNCARE BILLED FOR FORGED PRESCRIPTIONS
NASHVILLE – A mid-state pair have been charged with TennCare
fraud for taking a forged prescription to a pharmacy and paying for
it with TennCare. The Office of TennCare Inspector General (OIG) announced
the arrests 31-year-old Kimberly
Eden of Kingston Springs and 29-year-old Nathan
Hill of White Bluff.
Eden, who is a TennCare enrollee, is accused of fraudulently obtaining
TennCare medical services by presenting a forged prescription to a
local pharmacy in Cheatham County. Nathan Hill was charged separately
with aiding and abetting Edens in fraudulently obtaining TennCare.
At the time of the offense, Hill was not a TennCare enrollee.
The pair was previously arrested on November 9, 2004, by the Ashland
City Police for forgery in connection with a prescription presented
by Eden to a pharmacy in Ashland City. They were indicted by the Cheatham
County Grand Jury on Tuesday.
“The fraudulent use of TennCare pharmacy benefits is a serious
problem in local communities in Tennessee, but we’re working
hard to investigate and prosecute these crimes,” Inspector General
Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We truly appreciate local pharmacies
and other providers reporting this activity, which goes a long way
in helping fight this problem.”
The charge against Kimberly Eden is a Class E felony, punishable
by up to two years in prison. The charge against Hill is a Class D
felony, punishable by up to four years. Bond was set at $5,000 each.
Cheatham County District Attorney Dan Alsobrooks 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.”