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Doctor sentenced for insurance fraud

Debra McKenzie (Source: TBI) Debra McKenzie (Source: TBI)

A Tennessee doctor pleaded guilty to insurance fraud.

Dr. Debra McKenzie, 54, pleaded guilty to a TennCare Charge and an Insurance Fraud Charge at the Dyer County Courthouse on Oct. 19, according to the Dyer County Clerk's Office.

The judge sentenced her to one year of unsupervised probation, and put her on Judicial Diversion which mean she could possibly have the charge taken off her record. The judge also ordered her to pay $42,483.93 in restitution.

The TBI began investigating allegations against McKenzie in March of 2008 after a former employee went to authorities with accusations against McKenzie.

McKenzie was the only practitioner at McKenzie Medical Clinic on Lake Road in Dyersburg. McKenzie specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, but also treats patients for conditions outside her specialty.

Undercover visits from TBI were made to McKenzie's practice and prescriptions for narcotics were given to those undercover investigators without a medical examination.

It was discovered that McKenzie had also billed TennCare and insurance companies for services she did not give to patients.

The case was investigated by TBI with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Memphis division and the Dyersburg Police Department assisted in her arrest.

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