BLEDSOE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
A Bledsoe County woman is charged in an indictment with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping”.
The Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 30-year-old Kimberly Martin of Pikeville.
Martin is charged with two counts of doctor shopping using TennCare as payment, and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
"The abuse of TennCare benefits, especially to obtain pain medications, is our number one priority. Local police, providers and the healthcare community are with us in the effort to weed this problem out of the TennCare program," said Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony, punishable by two to four years in prison per charge.