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Crockett County Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 02:33pm
Robin Barr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Crockett County woman is charged in Madison County with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using the state’s healthcare insurance program to obtain controlled substances by visiting multiple physicians.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Robyn L. Barr, 38, of Bells. The charges against her say she visited four different medical facilities on several occasions complaining of pain in an attempt to obtain the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Barr used TennCare benefits to pay for the clinical visits and prescriptions. She is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud by doctor shopping.

“TennCare should not fund the opioid crisis,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “The Office of Inspector General works diligently with other local and state agencies to deter prescriptions being diverted to the streets.”

District Attorney General Jody Pickens is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge.

The 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, 3,019 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.”