Roane County woman charged 2nd time for "doctor shopping"

KNOXVILLE (WVLT)-- A Roane County woman has been charged for the second time for "doctor shopping". According to the Office of Inspector General, Kathy Ellison visited multiple doctors in a short period of time in order to get similar prescriptions using TennCare.

A Knox County grand jury charged her with two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by "doctor shopping" and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

The 53 year-old was arrested on September 27 in Morgan County for similar offenses. She was charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by "doctor shopping."

She is accused of seeing multiple physicians with a 30-day period to receive painkillers Hydrocodone and Lortab using TennCare.

"Prescription drug abuse is a concern of communities large and small across Tennessee," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "With the help of medical providers, we are sending a message that abusing TennCare will have serious repercussions."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.

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