Thursday, October 16, 2008

East TN Man/Woman face 3rd Tenncare charge

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Strange was indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury on two counts of TennCare fraud and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Police say Strange presented an Oak Ridge pharmacy with forged prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone and Clonidine HCL, a drug used to treat methadone withdrawal. He used TennCare to pay for the prescriptions.

Strange was indicted in June of this year in Loudon County on three counts of TennCare fraud and three counts of identity theft - and he was charged again in September in Knox County with one count of TennCare fraud and four counts of forgery.

In all these incidents, police say Strange was using TennCare benefits to pay for forged prescriptions of Ultram, a narcotic-like painkiller, and the sleeping pill Lunesta.

Watson was indicted in Anderson and Knox Counties.

In Anderson County, Watson is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud for allegedly presenting a pharmacy with a forged prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone, using TennCare to pay for the medication.

In Knox County, Watson was charged with six counts of TennCare fraud, two counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, for allegedly presenting forged prescriptions for the painkiller Percocet, using anther person's TennCare card as payment.

Watson was first arrested this past January on charges in Morgan for TennCare fraud, identity theft, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud for using the personal ID of a TennCare member to obtain a prescription for Percocet.