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Kingsport woman charged with TennCare fraud for doctor shopping

October 2nd, 2013 9:55 am by Staff reports

Kingsport woman charged with TennCare fraud for doctor shopping

A Kingsport woman has been charged with TennCare fraud after doctor shopping, the Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday. 

Marty A. Mullins, 34, Kingsport, is charged with fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by doctor shopping, using TennCare to pay for the physician visits and/or the prescriptions. She is also charged with selling buprenorphine. 

Mullins is alleged to have used TennCare to go to multiple doctors to obtain controlled substances. She is also alleged to have sold the drugs. 

“Going from doctor to doctor to get prescription drugs, using TennCare to pay for them, is illegal, and carries some severe penalties,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Selling prescription drugs to others for financial gain is intolerable in Tennessee, especially when TennCare is involved.”

TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony, which carries a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. Sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance is a Class D felony carrying a sentence of up to four years in prison. 

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.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."


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