Cocke County woman indicted on TennCare fraud charges

A Cocke County woman has been indicted on TennCare fraud charges for allegedly "doctor shopping" to get prescriptions for controlled substances.

Melissa A. Cagle, 28

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Cocke County woman has been indicted on TennCare fraud charges for allegedly "doctor shopping" to get prescriptions for controlled substances.

The Tennessee Office of Inspector General alleges that Melissa A. Cagle, 28, of Newport, used "TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances."

"Cagle is accused of not telling her doctor that she had seen other physicians within a 30-day period and received prescriptions for the strong painkiller Hydrocodone with Codeine," according to an OIG release. "The physician office visits were paid for by TennCare."

If convicted of the Class E felony, Cagle could face up to two years in prison.


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