Pulaski man charged with TennCare fraud for second time - WSMV News 4

Pulaski man charged with TennCare fraud for second time

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A Giles County man has been charged with TennCare fraud for a second time this summer.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Maury County Sheriff's Office, Tuesday announced the arrest of 49-year-old Woodrow Beddingfield, of Pulaski. He is charged in a Maury County indictment with using TennCare to doctor shop for the same or similar controlled substances, with TennCare paying for either the clinical visit or the prescriptions.

Doctor shopping involves visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time – less than a month – to obtain controlled substances, and using TennCare healthcare insurance to pay for the visits, the prescriptions or both.

Beddingfield was arrested in June on another indictment in Giles County charging him with doctor shopping and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

"Tennessee consistently ranks high among states for prescription drug use," Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor Jr., said. "While many people legitimately need these drugs from time to time, we're committed to eliminating the incidence of people fraudulently obtaining drugs and letting TennCare pick up the tab."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Mike Bottoms is prosecuting.

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