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Kingsport woman's pregnancy claim prompts fraud arrest

October 9th, 2013 2:37 pm by Rain Smith

Kingsport woman's pregnancy claim prompts fraud arrest

Kristy Dawn Kindle, 37

An alleged false claim of pregnancy to obtain TennCare benefits, and in turn painkillers, has spurred the arrest of a Kingsport woman.

On Friday Kristy Dawn Kindle, 37, was booked into the Sullivan County jail on charges of TennCare fraud, perjury and seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The Office of Inspector General says Kindle gained coverage in the state health care program with a false claim of pregnancy, then used the benefits to obtain Buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance.

“We’re working hard to help get prescription drugs off the street,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said in a press release. “When TennCare benefits are used to purchase and distribute prescription drugs, we have a good chance to bust that crime.”

Kindle's TennCare fraud charge is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.

Each of the seven charges of obtaining a Schedule III controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony, punishable by up to four years in prison per offense. Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus is prosecuting the case.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program, 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. You can also click here and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

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