Residents of McMinn and Putnam Counties have been charged with TennCare fraud related to prescription drugs. In Putnam County, a Baxter woman is charged with five felony counts of TennCare fraud for using TennCare to pay for forged prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone. Regina C. Tausan, 41, (pictured above) is accused of presenting the prescriptions at a local pharmacy. Her arrest was assisted by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. The charges are class E felonies carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Randy A. York is prosecuting.
Last week, the arrest of two people named in Putnam County indictments brought to 1,000 the total number of people charged with TennCare fraud since the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was formed and given authority to pursue fraud cases. Those two were identified as 36-year-old Angela S. Tindale of Cookeville and 36-year-old Jamie L. Bauman of Baxter.