Three In West Tenn. Charged With TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, TN - Three people in West Tennessee are charged with TennCare fraud in separate cases out of Ripley and New Johnsonville, Tennessee. The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the New Johnsonville Police Department and the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, today announced the arrests: Ashley D. Forrest, 27, of New Johnsonville, who is accused of TennCare fraud for receiving benefits through the state's Medicaid program that she was not entitled to receive. Larrisa Bishop, 24, of Ripley, charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by "doctor shopping," using TennCare as payment. Sheila Coker, 44 of Ripley, charged with TennCare fraud, possession of the painkiller Morphine with intent to deliver, delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance. Coker is accused of using TennCare benefits to obtain the painkillers Morphine and Hydrocodone, later selling a portion of the drugs.
- Date:June 9, 2014
- Agency:Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration
- State Enforcement Agencies