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Rhea woman faces TennCare fraud charges

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(WRCB) – A Rhea County woman is looking at a two years behind bars for TennCare fraud.

Heidi Connell, 32, is accused of selling prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare.

Investigators say she obtained a prescription for Adderall, with plans to sell some of the pills.

Connell is charged with one count of TennCare fraud.

"Local police have been indispensable in helping us identify local drug trafficking that could involve the use of TennCare to finance inventory for the illegal activity," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulker said.  "We are working with municipal and county police officers across the state, as they are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we're doing our part to stop abusers who are supporting this lifestyle with TennCare."

TennCare fraud is a "Class E" felony, which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison.

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