Four People in Williamson Co. Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four people in Williamson County are charged with TennCare fraud involving prescription drugs.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrests, a joint effort with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
“Local investigators, like those in the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, are the key to building cases and helping us make these arrests,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “This operation is a direct result of the time and hard work that the Williamson County officers invested in identifying prescription drug seekers and getting them off the street. They’re a valued partner in our fight against TennCare fraud.”
The four people charged are all accused of using TennCare to obtain Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addition, and selling it to an undercover agent:
- Cynthia L. Fewell, 37, of Columbia;
- Amanda M. Usery, 29, of Fairview;
- Carolyn Pope, 24, of Fairview; and,
- Kelcey A. Dowdy, 21, of Fairview.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Kim R. Helper is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,266 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 Office of Inspector General and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."