Tennessee's Office of the Inspector General has charged an Obion County woman with Medicaid fraud. During a drug round-up, police arrested Cynthia Joan Hale of Hornbeak for allegedly using TennCare, the state’s Medicaid managed care program, to get and sell morphine.
During an undercover operation, Hale twice sold morphine to a local police officer. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. The OIG has charged more than 1,700 people with TennCare fraud in the past seven years. The latest TennCare cost-avoidance estimate is $ 173 million.