Crimetracker: Knoxville woman charged with 10 counts of TennCare Fraud

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--A Knox County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.

48-year-old Lisa Denise Phillips is facing 10 counts of TennCare “doctor shopping,” and eight counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Investigators say Phillips used TennCare benefits to pay for the doctor’s office visits.

TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison per charge.

The Office of Inspector General began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution to TennCare.

The OIG says it's saved TennCare a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million and charged more than 1,700 people with TennCare fraud.

You 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.

You can also click on the link and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

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