Fayette County Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud

Monday, August 08, 2011 | 01:52 pm

NASHVILLE – A Fayette County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving prescription drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Whitney R. Moore, 21, of Somerville.  The arrest was assisted by the Oakland Police Dept.

A Fayette County Grand Jury indicted Moore on one count of TennCare fraud and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.  Moore is accused of using TennCare to pay for controlled substances that she obtained by means of forgery.

"Our office takes these cases very seriously, and we commend OIG Agent Anthony Davis for his good investigative work in this case,” said District Attorney General D. Michael Dunavant, who is prosecuting the case. “People who commit TennCare Fraud victimize the entire state and we will endeavor to hold these people responsible for their actions."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison per charge.

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, nearly 1,500 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."