Couple charged with TennCare fraud after obtaining pain killers

Nick Shepherd • Jul 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

A Sullivan County couple has been charged with TennCare fraud, the Office of Inspector General announced today.

Michael Johnson, 28, and his wife Rebecca Johnson, 24, both from Kingsport, are each charged with one count of TennCare fraud, two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of conspiracy to obtain controlled substance by fraud.

The couple were originally arrested on July 10.

They are both accused of presenting an altered diagnostic imaging report and patient profile in order to obtain prescriptions for Oxycodone and Alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication.

Both used TennCare benefits to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions, according to a press release.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony that carries a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. Obtaining a controlled susbstance by fraud is a Class D felony, carrying a sentence of two to four years in prison per charge, the release stated.

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