A Fairview woman has been charged with TennCare fraud and second-degree murder in connection with an overdose death.
Fairview police Detective David Bohler investigated the death of Henry Flair, 31, of Fairview, after Flair apparently ingested a lethal dose of the narcotic drug, Percocet, in November 2012.
Bohler said Flair got the drug from his friend, Frances Mangrum, who also used the name Frances Kay Lane.
"He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital," Bohler said.
Bohler said Mangrum knew Flair was unconscious but delayed calling 911 for almost an hour.
"Basically, there was a man who was demonstrating symptoms that came about from things they provided, and they didn't have the decency to call 911. Didn't have enough care for his family, for him, basically they were just trying to avoid law enforcement attention to what has reportedly been going on in that house for a while," he said.
Police said Mangrum got her narcotics using a TennCare prescription.
The crime is called "diversion," and it's not uncommon. A wall at the TennCare Inspector General's Office is covered with dozens of mugshots of people who have been charged with defrauding TennCare to get drugs or care they didn't need, which were paid for by the taxpayers.
The new twist is that it's unusual for someone on TennCare to be charged with both TennCare fraud and homicide through an overdose.
Deborah Faulkner is the inspector general at the Bureau of TennCare.
"Drug diversion is against the law. And changing prescriptions or swapping prescription is highly dangerous, and in this case, it was deadly," Faulkner said.
Mangrum declined to speak with Channel 4 about the charges.
To report TennCare fraud, call 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee or report it online here.
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