A Wilson County woman faces TennCare fraud charges for apparently selling prescription drugs paid for by the state-funded health insurance.
State Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said Mary Daniell Gibson, 24, of Lebanon was charged in a joint investigation with Lebanon police.
Faulkner said Gibson was charged with TennCare fraud and selling of a schedule III controlled substance. She said Gibson apparently filled a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone paid for with TennCare benefits and then sold some of the pills.
“Any amount of prescription drug trafficking is intolerable in Tennessee, especially when public health care dollars are involved,” Faulkner said. “TennCare members involved in this kind of activity will be prosecuted.”
If convicted, Gibson could be sentenced up to four years in prison on the charges, which are class D and class E felonies. Wilson County District Attorney Tommy Thompson will serve as the prosecution.
The Office of Inspector General, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, more than 1,900 people were charged with TennCare fraud.