published Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Chattanooga woman arrested in TennCare fraud

A Chattanooga woman has been arrested after state officials said she tried to use the state's public health care insurance program to pay for a forged prescription.

Detrice Ann Moon, 42, has been indicted on one count of TennCare fraud and one count of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, according to a news release from the state's Office of Inspector General.

The indictment accuses Moon of altering a doctor's prescription by adding the painkiller Lortab to the prescription, and attempting to use TennCare to pay for the drugs.

"Prescription drug fraud takes many forms such as altering a prescription to increase the quantity or adding an additional drug," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said in the release.

TennCare fraud can carry a sentence of up to two years in prison, and attempting to obtain a controlled substance is punishable by two to four years in prison, the release said.

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."

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