NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Office of Inspector General hit a new milestone when it comes to TennCare Fraud on Monday. The arrest of 3 people in one mid-state county pushed the total number of arrests to 1,600.
Melissa Wright of Lebanon, Jessica Scruggs of Hartsville and Elizabeth Graves of Lafayette are all charged with TennCare Fraud. Officials said each woman were involved in prescription drug fraud with TennCare benefits used as payment.
"Many people are now using prescription drugs instead of ‘street drugs,' making our efforts more critical to keep fraud out of the TennCare program," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "The Special Agents of the OIG are working throughout Tennessee pursuing people who abuse TennCare."
All three women were charged with class E felonies and could be sentenced to up to two years in prison. Their court dates had not been set.