|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - A Davidson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription and using the TennCare program to pay for it.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Tiffany N. Reid, 29, of Nashville, who was arrested after a joint investigation with Metro Nashville Police.
An arrest warrant charges Reid with posing as an employee of a doctor’s office and calling in a prescription to a Nashville pharmacy to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety medication Alprazolam. Reid attempted to use the TennCare benefits of another enrollee to pay for the pain medication. Once she was identified by the pharmacist, she was apprehended as she attempted to leave the store by the Metro Nashville Police and an OIG agent. Reid was charged with one count of TennCare fraud, one count of forgery, and one count of attempting to obtain a legend drug by fraud.
“This arrest is a great example of the tremendous team work the OIG is experiencing from local police and medical providers,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “TennCare fraud is a crime and it is not tolerated in Tennessee.”
If convicted, the TennCare fraud charge against Reid could result in a two-year sentence. District Attorney General Victor S. Johnson, III is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,600 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."