Knox County man, woman charged for TennCare drug fraud

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A Knox County man and Knox County woman have been separately charged for fraudulently using TennCare as payment for obtaining prescription pills.  

Both individuals, who are unrelated, were caught trying to “doctor shop” – which is to obtain large amounts of prescription drugs from multiple doctors and filled at multiple pharmacies – using TennCare state healthcare insurance benefits as payment. 

Alan Everett Goetsch, 66, of Knoxville, has been charged for the third time for this crime. Goetsch used TennCare to visit multiple providers in a short period of time to obtain prescriptions for painkiller Oxycodone.

Goetsch was first arrested in December after being on the run for 16 months on charges in Knox County of using TennCare to doctor shop for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. He pled guilty to those charges last month and was sentenced to five years supervised probation.

He was later served with charges from Monroe County, where he was accused of using TennCare to doctor shop for prescription drugs. 

Deloris Mae McClure, 39, of Knoxville, has been charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for using the program to doctor shop for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

McClure allegedly made 11 emergency room visits in less than five months for the specific purpose of obtaining the painkillers.

McClure was previously arrested in September 2013 when she was charged with nine counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances and 14 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.  

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