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Lebanon woman charged with TennCare fraud
Nov 21, 2012 4:50 pm
A Lebanon woman was charged in a Wilson County indictment with TennCare fraud related to selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
Brenda Faye Pinckley, 59, was arrested after a joint effort with Wilson County Sheriff’s officials and the state inspector general’s office. Pinckley is charged with TennCare fraud and sale of a Schedule II drug.
The indictment accuses Pinckley of using TennCare health care insurance benefits to pay for the prescription pain medication Endocet, a brand of Oxycodone, later selling a portion of the prescription.
"Individuals who are selling drugs paid for with TennCare benefits, and those who buy them, must understand this is a serious crime the office of inspector general intends to prosecute,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Pharmacists, doctors and local police across the state are also committed to stopping this crime in their communities.”
District Attorney General Tommy Thompson is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony that carries up to a two-year jail sentence. The delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance is a Class C felony with a possible sentence of three to six years per charge.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, 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 1,700 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."