The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Hazel M. Bottoms Dooley, 50, of Burns, after a joint investigation with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office. She is charged with TennCare fraud for using the program to obtain a prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone and later selling a portion to an undercover informant.
“We are intent on closing the door on the business of using the state healthcare insurance program to finance illegal drug sales,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “This activity is not only criminal; it’s potentially fatal for people abusing these drugs.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General R. Ray Crouch, Jr., is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,378 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the 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 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”