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Georgetown woman charged with TennCare fraud for 2nd time

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A Hamilton County woman faces TennCare fraud charges a second time, after an arrest a month ago.  

A Sevier County Grand Jury indicted 31-year-old Melody Delong in connection with doctor shopping for drugs, using TennCare as payment, and with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.   

Delong turned herself in to the Sevier County Sheriff's Office.

Last month Delong a Georgetown resident was charged with visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time in an effort to obtain controlled substances.

At that time, investigators were already working on the latest charges.

“We have open cases in almost every county in Tennessee,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “We're committed to stopping this type of activity so TennCare will be there for people who have legitimate needs for healthcare benefits.” 

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison.   District Attorney General James B. Dunn is prosecuting the Sevier County case.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or by clicking here

PREVIOUS STORY: A Hamilton County woman is charged with TennCare fraud in Rhea County, in charges accusing her of doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment. 

31-year-old Melody Delong of Georgetown is charged with visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time in an effort to obtain controlled substances.  

The Office of Inspector General tells Channel 3, Delong turned herself in to the Rhea County Sheriff's Office.

"Unauthorized use of TennCare to obtain prescription drugs is a serious crime we are pursuing every day across the state. "The Office of Inspector General is committed to ensuring TennCare benefits are not abused in this manner so that we preserve the program,” said Inspector General Manny Tyndall. 

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or by clicking here
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