Madison Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, TN. – A Madison County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for using her deceased mother’s TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the painkiller hydrocodone.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department today announced the arrest of Lashunda Anderson of Jackson. She’s charged with TennCare fraud in connection with knowingly using her deceased mother’s TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the painkiller hydrocodone.
“The TennCare program is designed to provide benefits for individuals who need the services and medications provided through the proper and legal avenues,” Inspector Kim Harmon said. “OIG will not tolerate people abusing the system to obtain dangerous and addictive drugs like hydrocodone. Let it be known that it is our duty and mission to prevent future instances like this from occurring.”
If convicted Ms. Anderson could face penalties of up to a maximum of 12 years in prison for the charge of TennCare fraud, a Class D felony. The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney, Jody Pickens of Madison County.
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, 3,126 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 or by logging on to www.tn.gov/oig/ and following the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”