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Two Charged with TennCare Fraud in Macon, Maury Counties

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | 06:41am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two people are charged in separate TennCare fraud cases in Macon and Maury Counties, with both involving prescription drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrests:

  • Shane Hostutler, 27, of Red Boiling Springs, accused of using TennCare to obtain Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction to heroin and morphine, and selling a portion of the drugs to an undercover informant.
  • Tracy A. Lankford, also known as Tracy Ann Gartee and as Tracy A. Ridings, 26, of College Grove, charged with TennCare fraud and forgery in an indictment accusing her of presenting an altered prescription for the painkiller Lortab at a pharmacy, and using TennCare benefits to pay for the forged prescription.

“Prescription drug abuse hurts individuals, families and communities, and we’re intent on finding and prosecuting these cases when TennCare is involved,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.

TennCare fraud and forgery are Class E felonies, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting the Macon County case.  District Attorney General Brent Cooper will be prosecuting the Maury County case.

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, 2,228 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."

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