Volume 53, Number 21

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pickett County Woman Charged with Tenncare Fraud

A Pickett County woman is
charged for the second time
with TennCare fraud involving
the resale of prescription
medication.
The Office of Inspector
General (OIG) with the assistance
of the Pickett County
Sheriff’s Office announces the
arrest of 61-year-old Judith A.
Gilliam, of Byrdstown.
Gilliam was charged with
one count of TennCare fraud
for obtaining a prescription of
the painkiller Percocet from a
local physician and concealing
the fact she planned to sell a
portion of the pills.
Gilliam was previously arrested
by the OIG in May
2006 and charged with two
counts of TennCare fraud for
selling the painkiller Oxycontin,
paid for by TennCare, to
an undercover agent.
“This sends a clear message
that we are not going to allow
drug diversion activity to continue
in the TennCare program,”
Inspector General
Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
“We’re working hard to bring
justice to people who abuse
the program.”
If convicted, Gilliam could
spend up to two years in
prison. District Attorney
General Randy York will be
prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate
from TennCare, began full operation
in February 2005 and
has investigated cases leading
to over $2.6 million paid in
restitution and recoupment to
TennCare, with a total estimated
cost avoidance of over
$159 million for the TennCare
program, according to latest
figures.
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.tncarefraud.tennessee.g
ov and follow the prompts
that read "Report TennCare
Fraud."

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