Nashville, TN – A Dickson County woman is charged in Williamson County with TennCare fraud in connection with the sale of prescription drugs paid for by the state’s health care insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Dickson and Williamson County Sheriff’s Offices, announced the arrest of Vicki Lynn Spain, 46, of Dickson Tennessee. She is charged with TennCare fraud after authorities say she used TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Oxycodone, and later sold a portion.“We are working with local police and it’s paying off with these kinds of arrests,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “Tennessee consistently ranks high among states for prescription drug use, especially pain relievers, and we’re committed to eliminating drug fraud in TennCare.”
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 more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, more than 2,562 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.”