Jackson County Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud
NASHVILLE, TN - A Jackson County woman is charged in nearby Smith County with TennCare fraud for using the state’s Medicaid program to obtain prescription drugs, and later distributing the drugs to others.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of Ashley R. Robins, 24, of Gainesboro. Robins is charged in an indictment with one count of TennCare fraud.
The TennCare fraud charge against Robins could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.
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 1,900 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."