Couple charged with TennCare fraud

Friday, April 30, 2010

NASHVILLE -- A Lincoln County couple is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly obtaining prescription medications through TennCare with the intent of selling the drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Kristina Heather Kimbrough, 41, and Chad L. Kimbrough, 45, both of Elora. Both arrests were assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

According to the OIG, Chad Kimbrough was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for selling the painkillers morphine and hydrocodone, which were allegedly obtained through TennCare benefits. Kristina was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for aiding and abetting Chad. District Attorney General Chuck Crawford will prosecute both cases.

"The illegal trafficking of TennCare drugs is a problem across the state, and we simply will not tolerate it," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "Enrollees who participate in selling drugs paid for by TennCare -- and those who buy them -- should understand this is a serious crime we intend to prosecute."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $2.5 million paid back to TennCare. To date, over 1,100 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

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 and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."