Wilson County Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud
NASHVILLE, TN – A Lebanon woman is charged in a Wilson County indictment with TennCare fraud related to selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Chelsea Bible, 28. The arrest is the result of a joint effort with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. Bible is charged with TennCare fraud and sale of schedule III drug. According to the indictment, Bible used TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to pay for a prescription for Suboxone, part of which she later sold. Suboxone is used in the treatment of heroin addiction because it mimics the effects of drugs like heroin without the addictive qualities.
“A drug requires a prescription when it should only be used when a doctor believes it’s the right therapy, and when drugs are used without medical advice, they become harmful to people and to communities,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We are cracking down on people who abuse TennCare to sell prescription drugs to other people.”
District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony that carries up to a two year sentence. The delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance is a Class D Felony with a possible sentence of two to four years per charge.
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 the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,700 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."