A Roane Co. woman has been arrested for a fourth time for "doctor shopping" with TennCare, or going to multiple physicians in a short period to obtain prescription drugs, using TennCare to pay.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced Wednesday the arrest of 33-year old Crystal G. Farrar, indicted most recently in Roane County on four counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping for the painkiller Oxycodone.
Farrar was arrested last month on a Cumberland County indictment charging her with one count of doctor shopping. Earlier this month, she was charged with doctor shopping in Rhea and Bedford Counties.
"Prescription drug abuse is a primary concern for local law enforcement and medical providers across Tennessee," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "We are relentlessly pursuing anyone misusing TennCare benefits, especially when it involves prescription drugs."
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Russell Johnson will be prosecuting the Roane County case.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,600 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone 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."