Chattanooga woman charged with TennCare fraud

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) --- A Hamilton county woman is charged with TennCare fraud after using another person's identity to order controlled substances.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office along with The Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of 50-year-old Angela Walton of Hamilton Co.

Walton is charged with TennCare Fraud for allegedly filing prescriptions for a deceased recipient of the health care. According to officials, Walton used the deceased victim's identity to receive benefits she was not able to receive.

“TennCare healthcare insurance benefits are reserved for Tennesseans who are truly in need and this type of abuse isn’t tolerated,” Inspector General Kim Harmon said. “We appreciate the healthcare providers, law enforcement officers and citizens who provide information about TennCare fraud.”

According to District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft are class D felonies. Walton could face up to four years in prison for each charge.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, toll-free, from anywhere in Tennessee; or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”