A Cocke County woman was arrested and charged with TennCare doctor shopping for the second time in Sevier County on Thursday.
Diamond Ahrens, 20, is said to have used the state's public healthcare insurance program to go to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescriptions for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Tramadol.
She was previously indicted last September on two counts of doctor shopping.
“Prescription drug abuse is a concern of communities large and small across the nation,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “With the help of medical providers and local law enforcement, though, Tennessee is sending a message that abusing TennCare will have serious repercussions.”
TennCare fraud is a felony that carries a sentence of up to two years in prison.
Anyone who suspects TennCare fraud can report it by calling 1-800-433-3982 or visiting TN.gov/tnoig.