Hamblen County woman charged with "doctor shopping"

HAMBLEN CO., Tenn. (WVLT) - A Hamblen County woman is charged in Hawkins County with "doctor shopping" said The Tennessee Office of Inspector General.

Melissa Carpenter, 41, of Morristown has been charged with TennCare Fraud. She is accused of visitng mulitple doctors within a 30-day period and obrtaining prescriptions for Oxycodone.

It could result in a two year sentence for Carpenter if she is convicted.

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is committed to pursuing those individuals who are involved in TennCare Fraud and abuse especially when dangerous drugs are involved," Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.

The OIG has charged nearly 1,500 people with TennCare fraud since it began full operation in February 2005.

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