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Hamilton County woman arrested for third time for TennCare fraud

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A Hamilton County woman has been charged for a third time with “doctor shopping,” considered to be criminal use of TennCare benefits to obtain controlled substances.

Thirty-one-year old Melody Delong of Georgetown was arrested and charged with three counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping.

She is accused of going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances, paying with TennCare.

Delong was arrested in late January in Sevier County and charged then with doctor shopping and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Three days prior, she was arrested in Rhea County on the same charges.

“Crossing into another county to try to get prescription drugs does not prevent authorities from discovering the actions,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “We will continue to go after these individuals every time they try to defraud TennCare.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Neal Pinkston will prosecute the Hamilton County case.

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 that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

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