Chattanooga woman allegedly got controlled substances using dead person's identity, per OIG
A Chattanooga woman is facing charges for allegedly using another person's identity to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) said Angela Walton, 50, is suspected of filling a prescription for deceased TennCare enrollee and receiving benefits at the pharmacy that she was not supposed to get.
Walton has been charged in an indictment in Hamilton County.
“TennCare healthcare insurance benefits are reserved for Tennesseans who are truly in need and this type of abuse isn’t tolerated,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “We appreciate the healthcare providers, law enforcement officers and citizens who provide information about TennCare fraud.”
The OIG said TennCare fraud, identity theft and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud are all Class D felonies.
To date, more than 3,000 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.