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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Weakley County woman is charged in Carroll County with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which is the crime of going to multiple doctors in a short period of time in order to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Metro Nashville Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s officers, today announced the arrest of Jodi D. Wilson, 26, of Martin. She is charged with four counts of doctor shopping for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Tramadol, using TennCare as payment.
Wilson was apprehended by Metro Nashville police on an outstanding warrant; she was then transported to the Carroll County Jail where she was served with the charges.
"Hydrocodone abuse is a problem for law enforcement, the healthcare system and essentially for people in our communities across Tennessee," Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr., said. "However, with the help of providers, local law enforcement officials and citizens, we´re putting an end to drug fraud in TennCare."
TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Hansel J. McCadams 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 TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,163 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."