Sullivan Co. woman arrested on TennCare drug fraud charges

Stacey Nahrgang - Courtesy of the Office of Inspector General

NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) – A Sullivan County woman was arrested and charged with multiple counts of TennCare drug fraud Friday.

According to a news release from the Office of Inspector General, Stacey Nahrgang, 36, of Kingsport, was charged with doctor shopping for prescription drugs and using TennCare as payment.

Doctor shopping reportedly involves going to multiple doctors in a 30-day period and seeking prescriptions for controlled substances.

The Office of Inspector General, along with officers with Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Nahrgang.

Nahrgang was charged with seven counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping.

According to the release, the charges involve prescriptions obtained for painkillers Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Tramadol, and the clinical visits, prescriptions or both being paid for by TennCare.

“Using TennCare to obtain prescription drugs in this manner is a serious crime we are pursuing every day across the state,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “The Office of Inspector General is committed to ensuring TennCare benefits are not abused so we preserve the program for those who truly need the benefits.”

According to the release, TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney Barry P. Staubus is prosecuting.

Report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee.

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