20-year-old faces charges after selling meds paid for by TennCare
Tabitha Nagy, 20
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. -
A Rutherford County woman has been charged with TennCare fraud after it was determined she used the public healthcare insurance program to obtain prescription drugs that she later allegedly sold.
Tabitha Pendergrast, who also uses the last name Nagy, was indicted on one count of TennCare fraud after she presented a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone and used the state's benefits to pay for the drugs.
The 20-year-old reportedly then sold the prescription medication.
"Trying to sell prescription drugs to other people is a crime, and even more so when public funding is involved," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "Prescription painkillers are highly addictive, and that kind of addiction can literally destroy a person's life."
The charges against Nagy could result in a two year sentence per charge if convicted.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 or visiting tn.gov/tnoig.