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Ooltewah woman charged with four counts of TennCare fraud

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - A Hamilton County woman has been charged with four counts of TennCare fraud for using forged prescriptions on four separate occasions to a local pharmacy and using TennCare to pay for the drugs.

The Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Marshall's Office said that Tonya Goode, 38, of Ooltewah has been arrested, the agencies said in a news release.  

Goode is charged with four counts of TennCare fraud, four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and four counts of forgery.

TennCare Fraud and forgery are Class E Felonies, carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison per charge. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D Felony, which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison per charge.

"Eliminating the abuse of TennCare benefits, especially to obtain pain medications, is our number one priority," Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr., said. "Local police, providers and the healthcare community are with us in the effort to weed this problem out of the TennCare program." District Attorney General Neal Pinkston will be prosecuting.

To date, 2,183 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions by reporting suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit www.tn.gov/tnoig/ .

                                          


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