fentress county woman pleads guilty

fentress county woman pleads guilty

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Livingston, TN

#1 Oct 27, 2008
NASHVILLE – A Fentress County woman has pleaded guilty to TennCare fraud, and must repay the state almost $10,000, in addition to losing her TennCare benefits for two years.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced that Rebecca J. Amonett, 42, of Pall Mall in Fentress County, pleaded guilty in an Overton County courtroom to five counts of TennCare fraud.

Amonett was placed on supervised probation for four years and ordered to repay TennCare restitution in the amount of $9,677.49. In addition, her TennCare benefits were suspended for a period of two years. Amonett was arrested in October 2006 and had been charged with 50 counts of fraudulently obtaining TennCare benefits, prescriptions drugs and obtaining services by fraud.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Moore with the assistance of Deputy Inspector General Paula Godsey.

Livingston, TN

#2 Oct 27, 2008
NASHVILLE - Two Putnam County residents are charged with TennCare fraud related to selling prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare, the state’s health care insurance program.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Eric Horn, 24, and April Little, 28, both of Cookeville. The arrests are the result of an undercover drug investigation with the Allgood Police Department. The Putnam Co Sheriff’s Office assisted with these arrests.

The indictments charge that Little fraudulently obtained a prescription for the drug Seroquel, and paid for it with TennCare, which she and Horn planned to sell. Seroquel is the brand version of the drug quetiapine (kwe TYE a peen), an antipsychotic medication used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

“Clearly, there is zero tolerance for trafficking in prescription drugs paid for by TennCare,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.“Prescription drug trafficking is a substantial problem in Tennessee – but we’re waging war against those who are using or would use TennCare to finance the inventory.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. Acting District Attorney General Anthony J. Craighead is prosecuting.

Livingston, TN

#3 Oct 27, 2008
NASHVILLE – A woman from Scott County has been charged with TennCare fraud for selling a prescription drug that she received during a doctor’s visit that was paid for by TennCare.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Amanda P. Watson, 21, of Oneida. Oneida Police Chief Mike Cross led the operation along with Scott County Sheriff Anthony Lay, Winfield Police Chief Steve Trammel, District Attorney General Paul Phillips and the 8th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force of Huntsville.

The indictment against Watson says she fraudulently obtained a prescription for Clonazepam (pron.“claw NAH zeh pam”), an anti-anxiety drug also marketed as Klonopin, used TennCare to pay for the doctor’s visit, and then sold a portion of the pills.

“We have zero tolerance for using TennCare to obtain prescription drugs intended for resale,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.“Even if TennCare does not pay for filling a prescription, if the prescription is obtained in an office visit paid for by the taxpayers, we can and will pursue charges.”

Livingston, TN

#4 Oct 27, 2008
NASHVILLE - An Oneida woman has been charged in Franklin County with TennCare fraud.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest, which involves the use of TennCare benefits to pay for prescription drugs that were intended for resale, known as drug diversion.

Claudette Jacks, 31 is charged with one count of TennCare fraud. Jacks is accused of selling the drug Carisoprodol (a generic muscle relaxant) which had been paid for by TennCare. Her arrest was a cooperative effort of the Manchester Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, with the OIG.

"Local officials, like those in Manchester and Franklin County, are key to winning the war against TennCare fraud," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "The efforts of local officers, like the ones we worked with in this case, are helping us crack down on drug trafficking that's been billed to taxpayers."

District Attorney J. Michael Taylor will prosecute this case. If convicted, Jacks could face one to two years in prison.

Sharon Springs, NY

#5 Oct 29, 2008
all druggies and alcoholics can get tenn care and everthing else that tennessee offers as help but me.......i've worked for 25 years a steady job but now i dont have a job and cant get any help at all with medical problems........i dont want the drugs i would just like to be able to go to the doctor and find out what is wrong with me and get it fixed..........but if you dont have kids or already on disability you cant get any help!!!!!!!!!! i love tennessee but the tenn care system was a failure from the start........people that wont work can get all sorts of help people that do work cant get any..........

Columbia, SC

#7 Nov 1, 2008
That is why people who really need insurance has to die, because they can't afford to get help, while the stupid dope heads are getting TennCare so they can sell part of their drugs and stay spaced out on the rest. Why can't people learn to face life as it is? GOD can help you more than every pill in the world! All you have to do is ask him.

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