Hancock Co. pair charged with TennCare fraud

HANCOCK CO., Tenn. (WVLT)-- Two people in Hancock County were charged with committing TennCare fraud. According to the Office of the Inspector General, they were selling prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare.

Aaron S. Trent, 31, and Patricia Hambly, 28, both of Sneedville were accused of fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical assistance benefits.

Authorities said the pair obtained prescriptions for Buprenorphine, which is used to treat addiction to drugs like Morphine and Heroin. They then purchased the drugs with TennCare assistance and sold some of the prescriptions for money.

Trent was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud, while Hambly was charged with three counts of TennCare fraud, a Class E fraud that can carry up to two years in prison per charge.

"This kind of drug should be used only in a health care setting, like any narcotic, can be highly dangerous when sold illegally to others," said Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner. "Every drug fraud arrest adds up to fewer people getting these drugs illegally in our Communities."

Nearly 1,500 people have been charged with TennCare fraud. Through OIG Cash for Tips Program established by Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig.

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