Nashville woman arrested for defrauding TennCare

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3:10pm
Tanya Badger mug.jpg

A Davidson County woman was arrested Monday in Montgomery County on charges of TennCare fraud.

After a joint investigation by the state’s Office of the Inspector General and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, officials arrested Tanya Badger, 38, accusing her of using TennCare to gain a prescription for Oxycodone, some of which she allegedly planned to sell.

District Attorney General John W. Carney’s Clarksville office is prosecuting the case, and Badger could face a two-year sentence if convicted, according to a release on the state’s website.

Badger’s arraignment is set for 9 a.m. on May 3 in Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Michael R. Jones’ courtroom.

“We are working with municipal and county police officers across the state, as they know where the prescription drug problems are in their counties, and we get involved when TennCare is part of the crime," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said in a statement. “Local police are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we are doing our part to stop abusers who are attempting to support this kind of lifestyle with TennCare."

The public is encouraged to report TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 or visiting www.tn.gov/tnoig.

9 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/14/10 at 3:58

dang, she looks old! what a scumbag.

By: idgaf on 4/14/10 at 5:42

Good poster woman for an anti-drug campaign.

By: richgoose on 4/14/10 at 6:52

These kind of articles are my favorites. Scum being arrested is probably the highlight of my day.

By: Dragon on 4/15/10 at 8:31

This type of abuse is the easiest. It seems most TennCare providers found that it's cheaper to treat the symptoms with drugs that it is to find and fix the cause.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/15/10 at 8:40

that's an interesting view, Dragon. i tend to agree with you.

By: robertmack on 4/15/10 at 8:59

Take a good look at her photo. Her physical decline is probably caused by drug use. It is a terrible shame that a human will allow themselves to stoop to the lowest levels of life because of an addiction, or worse yet, that no family member would intervene. Too bad TENNCARE would not help rehabilitate a person like this. This is a pity.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/15/10 at 9:18

robert, maybe she doesn't want to be rehabilitated. perhaps that is why her family didn't intervene.

By: nothingbutagthng on 4/15/10 at 10:22

Robert I agree with you... It is very sad that a person would allow themselves to do this to themselves. Kinda makes you wonder what their story might be... where did it all go wrong, for this person to start using drugs and/or alcohol in an abusing manner.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/15/10 at 10:27

i agree that addiction is a horrible thing. but there is access to rehab - but you have to want it and it doesn't appear as though she does. maybe she hasn't "hit bottom" yet.