Marshall Co. Woman Charged 2nd Time with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, TN – A Marshall County woman is charged a 2nd time with TennCare “doctor shopping,” or going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain the same or similar controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 30-year old Amanda Tomas, of Lewisburg. A Giles County indictment charges her with two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by “doctor shopping” for prescriptions for controlled substances.
Tomas was previously arrested last month after an indictment in Marshall County, where she was charged with three counts of TennCare “doctor shopping.”
“Prescription drug abuse is a concern of communities all across Tennessee,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “There are serious repercussions for people who misuse the TennCare program in this or any other way.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Mike Bottoms is prosecuting the Giles County case.
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."