Former Le Bonheur employee arrested for medicaid fraud - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Le Bonheur employee arrested for medicaid fraud

Fannie Randolph (Source: Shelby County Jail) Fannie Randolph (Source: Shelby County Jail)

A Le Bonheur Children's Hospital ER employee turned herself in on Thursday on charges of identify theft and TennCare fraud.  TBI's special agents arrested Fannie Randolph, 52, in connection with using patient identities and forging physician signatures.

According to investigators, on multiple occasions from December 2012 through September 2013, Randolph used patient information to illegally obtain controlled substances. She is also accused of utilizing the patients' TennCare benefits to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions and forging physicians' signatures.The 52-year-old Bartlett woman was charged with eight counts of identity theft and six counts of TennCare fraud. 

Shortly after turning herself in, she was booked into Shelby County Jail and released after posting bond.

Randolph had nothing to say about her recent arrest when confronted by WMC Action News 5's cameras on Friday.

"How could you help and hurt somebody at the same time," wondered Matthew Wallace, who works at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. "That's one of the worst feelings."

"When you come to a hospital, you automatically feel that your information is safe and is kept private," agreed former Le Bonheur patient Nacaria Brown. "But, to just hear something like that, it just makes you lose trust in hospitals, period."

The hospital says privacy and the trust of its families and patients are very important. Officials took swift action and worked closely with investigators in the case.

"We've taken steps to make sure this will not happen again," said Le Bonheur Children's Hospital spokeswoman Sara Burnett. "We've notified all the families involved. I want to ensure everybody, we have 2,000 people who work here, who are dedicated to taking care of children and that's our mission."

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