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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – A Hardin County woman is charged in Hardeman County with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Hardin and Hardeman County Sheriff’s Offices, today announced the arrest of Teri Lynn Snodgrass, 40, of Crump. She is charged with two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping for prescriptions, using TennCare as payment.
“We are very grateful for the assistance we receive from local police as well as pharmacies and medical providers who all want to bring an end to the abuse of the TennCare program, especially in the area of prescription drugs,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “The OIG will continue to pursue these crimes across the state, with the help of community leaders.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General D. Michael Dunavant 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, 2,111 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."