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Harrison woman charged with TennCare doctor shopping

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A Harrison woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, announced on Friday the arrest of 34-year-old Kelli Jeanine Bush, also known as Kelli J. Forrester.  

Bush is charged with six counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping as well as six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of forgery.

"We are becoming increasingly proactive in our investigations," Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr., said. "The Hamilton County Sheriff´s Office is one of many state law enforcement agencies contributing to our aggressive effort to thwart TennCare fraud."

TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.  Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and forgery are Class D felonies that carry a sentence of up to four years in prison.  District Attorney General Neal Pinkston is prosecuting.

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