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Two charged in TennCare fraud cases

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Two people are charged with TennCare fraud in separate cases in Hamilton and Cumberland Counties; both cases involve prescription drugs.

The Office of Inspector General today announced the arrests of Jennifer L. Gates, 31, of Cleveland and Danny R. Reed, 59, of Crossville.

In Hamilton County, Gates is charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare by doctor shopping, or visiting multiple providers in a short period of time to obtain controlled substances.

Reed is charged in Cumberland County with TennCare fraud along with sale and delivery of a controlled substance. An indictment accuses him of using TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone and later selling a portion of the drugs to a confidential informant. 

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Neal Pinkston will be prosecuting the Hamilton County case, and District Attorney General Bryant C. Dunaway will be prosecuting the Cumberland County case. 

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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