Williamson Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Williamson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for filling a fraudulent prescription and using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to pay for it.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Michele Gorman Weber, 57, of Brentwood.
Weber is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with presenting a forged prescription for the drug Adderall, using TennCare to pay for the forgery. Adderall is a drug used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy.
“With the cooperation of local law enforcement agencies and medical providers, we are winning the war against TennCare fraud,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “Where prescription drugs are concerned, communities across the state are coming together to fight this abuse.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Kim R. Helper is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,198 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."