Loudon County woman charged with TennCare fraud

By News Sentinel staff

NASHVILLE A Loudon County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving "doctor shopping," or using TennCare public health care insurance to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.

The state Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, arrested Daphine L. Webb, 31, of Lenoir City, and charged her with two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances. Webb failed to disclose to her health care providers that she had seen other physicians within a 30-day period. She received prescriptions for the painkillers Endocet and Lortab and used TennCare to pay for both the drugs and the clinical visits.

TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Russell Johnson is prosecuting. To date, nearly 1,500 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Report TennCare fraud by calling 800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or by logging on to http://www.tn.gov/tnoig.

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