Nurse Practitioner Indicted on Prescription Fraud Charges

November 10th 2016
Lauren Santye, Assistant Editor
Lauren Santye, Assistant Editor

Nurse practitioner was charged with 8 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud.

An East Tennessee-based nurse practitioner was recently indicted on alleged prescription fraud charges, reportedLocal 8 Now.

After being contacted by the Tennessee Department of Health Division of Health Related Boards, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) began investigating Tracy Leigh Coffey, 47, on August 10, 2016, according toLocal 8.

Investigators allege that Coffey used her position as a nurse practitioner to fraudulently write out and call in prescriptions to obtain the muscle relaxer tizanidine (Zanaflex) and the opioid hydrocodone.

The scheme was allegedly carried out while Coffey was working at 2 medical practices in Morristown between October 2012 and August 2015, reportedWBIR.

On November 1, 2016, a Hamblen County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Coffey with 8 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud,The Rogersville Reviewreported. She was arrested the following day and booked into the Hamblen county jail on a $24,000 bond.

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