1,700 arrests, $3.5 million in restitution for TennCare fraud

1,700 arrests, $3.5 million in restitution for TennCare fraud

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The TennCare Office of Inspector General says there have been more than 1,700 arrests for fraud against the state health care system since 2005.

The inspector general's office, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3.5 million paid in restitution to TennCare.

The latest arrest reported was announced Tuesday and was that of a Gibson County woman, charged with using TennCare benefits to pay for pain medication and then selling pills. She is 45-year-old Gina Darlene Willis of Bradford.

Citizens can report suspected TennCare fraud toll-free at (800) 433-3982 or online at http://www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the "Report TennCare Fraud" prompts.

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