A 26-year-old woman has been charged for a fourth time with TennCare fraud.
Sarah Kristina Thomason, 26, of Nashville was indicted in Rutherford County, and charged with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by "doctor shopping."
Authorities said she visited multiple doctors in a short period of time, using TennCare benefits to obtain prescriptions for the painkiller hydrocodone.
Thomason was arrested in December of last year, when she was charged in Davidson County with two counts of TennCare "doctor shopping," involving the painkiller Lortab.
State officials said she was arrested in June of 2010 on a Davidson County indictment for three counts of TennCare fraud, three counts of identity theft and three counts of prescription drug fraud.
In May of 2010, when she was charged in Rutherford County with 22 counts of TennCare fraud, 22 counts of theft of identity and 17 counts of prescription fraud.
"A person can be charged with TennCare fraud as many times as it takes to get the message through that we won't tolerate this in Tennessee," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said in a news release. "In most areas these days, the illegal possession and use of prescription drugs is a bigger problem than use of illegal drugs, and we intend to stop this activity in TennCare."
TennCare fraud carries a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.
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