TBI arrests woman on 100 counts related to prescription fraud in two counties

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 12:41pm
Staff reports
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Ann Margaret Choate

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Springfield woman Monday on 100 counts of charges related to illegally obtaining prescription drugs in Davidson and Robertson counties.

Ann Margaret Choate, 30, was indicted by a Robertson County grand jury Feb. 15 on 31 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud, 28 counts of forgery and 28 counts of identity theft. Choate was arrested on those charges Feb. 23.

She was indicted in Davidson County last week on one count of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud, 10 counts of identity theft and one count of TennCare Fraud for allegedly using the benefits of other persons, which led to pharmacies charging the state on forged prescriptions. She was arrested in Davidson County March 5 on those charges.

The TennCare Office of the Inspector General also charged Choate with one count of TennCare fraud by a recipient for using her TennCare benefits to fill prescriptions written in her name.

According to the TBI, Choate worked at a Nashville doctor’s office between December 2010 and May 2011. While working there, authorities believe Choate stole prescription pads from the office and wrote herself multiple prescriptions for Lortab.

She then allegedly filled those prescriptions between January and August of last year at three different pharmacies in Robertson County and 11 different pharmacies in Davidson County.

The TBI also arrested Choate in January on 21 charges in Sumner County related to the same case. At that time, officials with the TennCare OIG also arrested Choate for TennCare fraud for allegedly using TennCare to pay for some of the forged prescriptions.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 3/6/12 at 2:58

I cannot believe it is wrong to give this woman taxpayer-funded dope. We are a socialist society, and she deserves free addiction.

By: spooky24 on 3/6/12 at 4:17

That is just the tip of the iceberg. All of TennCare is a fraud.