Two more women charged with TennCare fraud

(Office of the Inspector General)

Two women are facing TennCare fraud charges stemming from separate cases.

Pamela J. Huston, 49, of Etowah was arrested Thursday for three counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. State officials said Huston used TennCare and "doctor shopped" to obtain Oxycodone. She was recently arrested in December for TennCare fraud in McMinn County.

The Office of the Inspector General said doctor shopping is when a person visits several doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs from each of them.

Meanwhile, Keiarsha D. Griggs, 26, of Memphis is charged with 11 counts of TennCare fraud and theft over $1,000. Officials said she shoplifted Oxycodone.

"We are dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis in Tennessee by investigating the use of TennCare benefits in the illegal obtainment of prescription drugs,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. "We appreciate the collaborative efforts of other law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers in working these cases."

TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge.

Click here to report a TennCare fraud tip or call 800-433-3982.

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