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Lincoln Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

A Lincoln County woman is charged with TennCare drug fraud in connection with allegedly selling drugs obtained through TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint effort with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, has announced the arrest of Amy Wharton, 40, of Fayetteville, TN. She’s charged with one count of TennCare Fraud, a class D felony.
An indictment accuses Wharton of knowingly using TennCare benefits to obtain the anti-anxiety medication Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, then selling a portion of the drug to a confidential informant.
If convicted, Wharton could face penalties of up to a maximum of 12 years in prison for the charge. The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Robert Carter of Lincoln County.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, toll-free or by logging on to www.tn.gov/oig/ and following the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current General Manager Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (28 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,662 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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