A Washington County woman has been charged with TennCare fraud on allegations she used the program to get prescription drugs she sold to others.
Rhonda L. Saylor, 41, Johnson City, indicted on one count of TennCare fraud for using TennCare to pay for a prescription of the painkiller Percocet at a pharmacy in Johnson City, while planning to sell a portion of the drugs, according to a news release from the state Office of Inspector General .
The TennCare fraud charge against Saylor could result in a two year sentence, if convicted.
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, over 1,700 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. To report suspected TennCare fraud, call 1-800-433-3982 toll-free or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”