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Meigs County woman charged with TennCare fraud

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A Meigs County woman has been charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs that were paid for by the Tennessee's Medicaid program.

Tonya Jillane Bunch, 39, of Decatur was arrested as part of a joint effort with the Meigs County Sheriff's Office and the Office of Inspector General.

Bunch is charged with TennCare fraud and sale of a schedule III controlled substance.  

According to the indictment, Bunch used TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to purchase a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone, part of which she later sold.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.   The sale of schedule III controlled substance is a Class D Felony with a possible sentence of two to four years in prison.

Over 2,000 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. You can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts to "Report TennCare Fraud."

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