Forged Prescriptions and TennCare Fraud in Tennessee: What You Need to Know

Forged Prescriptions and TennCare Fraud in Tennessee

What You Need to Know

If you or a loved one is facing charges related to forged prescriptions or TennCare fraud in Tennessee, it's crucial to understand the legal implications and potential consequences. This article provides an overview of these offenses, including relevant statutes, possible punishments, and the importance of seeking professional legal help. As a criminal defense attorney in Tennessee, I specialize in helping clients navigate these complex situations and work towards the best possible outcome for their cases.

Forged Prescriptions

Forging a prescription is a crime in Tennessee, which occurs when someone knowingly creates, alters, or possesses a fraudulent prescription for a controlled substance. This offense is governed by Tennessee Code Annotated § 53-11-401 (2021), which defines the crime and its penalties.


A forged prescription can involve altering the drug, quantity, or dosage of a legitimate prescription or creating a fake prescription using someone else's or a fictitious doctor's name. This offense is taken seriously by Tennessee law enforcement and prosecutors, as it is a significant contributor to the opioid epidemic and other drug-related issues.

Possible Punishments:

The penalties for forging a prescription in Tennessee can vary based on the specific circumstances of the case. Generally, the offense is classified as a Class D felony, punishable by:
  • 2 to 12 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $5,000

However, if a person is found to have forged multiple prescriptions, the penalties can be more severe.


TennCare Fraud

TennCare fraud is a crime in Tennessee involving the misuse of the state's Medicaid program, TennCare. This can include submitting false claims or using fraudulent prescriptions to obtain controlled substances. TennCare fraud is regulated by Tennessee Code Annotated § 71-5-181 (2021), which outlines the crime and its penalties.


TennCare fraud can take many forms, such as falsifying eligibility information, billing for services not rendered, or conspiring with doctors or pharmacists to obtain prescription drugs. The state aggressively pursues those accused of defrauding the TennCare system to protect public funds and the integrity of the program.

Possible Punishments:

TennCare fraud carries varying felony levels and civil penalties.

In addition to these criminal penalties, those convicted of TennCare fraud may also be required to pay restitution and may face the loss of professional licenses or other consequences.


Forged prescriptions and TennCare fraud are serious offenses in Tennessee, with significant penalties for those found guilty. If you or a loved one is facing such charges, it is crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights.

As a criminal defense attorney in Tennessee, I understand the complexities of these cases and am committed to providing personalized, dedicated representation to clients facing forged prescription and TennCare fraud charges. Contact me today to discuss your case and learn how I can help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Remember, the information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Each case is unique, and you should consult with a qualified attorney to discuss your specific situation.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ballard Law.

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