TWO OVERTON CO. RESIDENTS, ONE PICKETT CO. RESIDENT CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE, TN – Two Overton County residents and a woman from Pickett County have been charged with TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Deborah R. Robbins, 27, of Pickett County and Anthony G. Robbins, 32, of Overton County. In an unrelated case, Rita M. Daniels, 32, of Overton County was also charged.
Deborah Robbins is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud stemming from submitting two fraudulent prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycontin that were paid for by TennCare. Anthony Robbins is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud for submitting three fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycontin, also paid for by TennCare.
Also charged in a TennCare prescription fraud case in Overton County is 32-year old Rita M. Daniels. She is accused of submitting a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller Lortab and a thyroid medication (Levoxyl) and using TennCare to pay for the prescriptions.
The charges against Deborah and Anthony Robbins carry criminal penalties of up to two years for each count. The charge against Daniels is also punishable by up to two years. Overton County District Attorney William E. Gibson will be prosecuting these cases.
“This is a terrific example of local law enforcement working with us when TennCare fraud was suspected,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We very much depend on local agencies to let us know when they suspect TennCare fraud, and we can help pursue charges as well as convictions.”
The arrests were coordinated with the Overton County Sheriff’s Office, Pickett County Sheriff’s Officer and the Livingston Police Department.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.”