Knoxville woman charged with "Doctor Shopping"

A Knoxville woman is accused of using TennCare to pay for multiple doctor visits in a short amount of time to get the drugs, the Tennessee Inspector General

Sandra Elaine Lawson, 58, is accused of using TennCare to pay for multiple doctor visits in a short amount of time to get the drugs, the Tennessee Inspector General's office said on Tuesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville woman was indicted for TennCare fraud after allegedly "Doctor Shopping" for drugs. Sandra Elaine Lawson, 58, is accused of using TennCare to pay for multiple doctor visits in a short amount of time to get the drugs, the Tennessee Inspector General's office said on Tuesday.

The 58 year-old faces 16 counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances. Lawson, who also goes by Sandra Rose Jones and Sandra Elaine Burchfield, is accused of seeing several doctors over the course of 30 days and getting prescriptions for the same or similar controlled substances.

"The fraudulent misuse of TennCare benefits is a serious issue but the OIG is being aggressive in cracking down on these crimes," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Health care providers and their employees have become very good at spotting these cases and they are as committed as we are to eliminating TennCare fraud.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E Felony, the Inspector General's Office said, and carries a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D Felony and could result in sentences of up to four years per charge.


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