Henderson Co. woman charged with TennCare fraud

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — A Henderson County woman is charged in nearby Decatur County with doctor shopping for prescription drugs and using TennCare as payment.

Julie Smith, 38, of Lexington is charged with one count of TennCare fraud by doctor shopping, according to a news release from the Office of Inspector General.

Smith is accused of using TennCare to doctor shop for the painkiller hydrocodone, the release says.

Doctor shopping involves visiting multiple health care providers in a short time period to obtain multiple prescription drugs.

Smith was previously arrested in November 2018 in Madison County when she was charged with six counts of doctor shopping for prescription drugs, the release says. She has since pleaded guilty to all six counts.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 or by visiting the Office of Inspector General website and following the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

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