MEMPHIS – Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained indictments for a former hospital employee accused of using patient identities and forging physician signatures to commit TennCare fraud.
After receiving information from TennCare’s Office of Inspector General, TBI Special Agents began investigating Fannie M. Randolph in November 2013. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on multiple occasions from December 2012 through September 2013, Randolph, while an employee of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Room, used patient information to illegally obtain controlled substances and in some instances, utilized the TennCare benefits of the patients to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions. Additionally, Agents developed information that Randolph forged the signatures of physicians to obtain prescription medications. When the allegations surfaced in 2013, the hospital notified TennCare and terminated Randolph’s employment.
On Tuesday, the Shelby County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 52-year-old Bartlett woman, charging her with eight counts of Identity Theft and six counts of TennCare Fraud. On Thursday, Randolph turned herself into the Shelby County Jail and was subsequently released after posting bond.