published Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hamilton County woman charged in TennCare doctor shopping case

A Hamilton County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving "doctor shopping," or going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs and using TennCare as payment, according to a news release.

The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said Jama Denise Burton, also known as Jama Denise Miller, 42, of Harrison, was arrested and charged with eight counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain controlled substances by "doctor shopping." She also is charged with eight counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class D felony, punishable by two to four years in prison per charge, according to the release.

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 Tenn-Care 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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