Hamblen Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | 02:28pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Hamblen County woman is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with the sale of prescription drugs paid for by the state’s health care insurance program.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of Morristown Police, today announced the arrest of Sherry L. Holland, 48, of Morristown. She is charged with one count of TennCare fraud for allegedly using TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone, and later selling a portion of the prescription.

“We are working with local police and it’s paying off with these kinds of arrests,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.  “Tennessee consistently ranks high among states for prescription drug use, especially pain relievers, and we’re committed to eliminating drug fraud in TennCare.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.  District Attorney General Dan E. Armstrong is prosecuting.

he OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, more than 2,517 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 go to www.tn.gov/tnoig/  and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”