|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A drug round-up in Warren County has netted 25 arrests, including a half-dozen people who are also charged with TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector (OIG), the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and McMinnville Police Department cooperated in the investigation into “street” sales of prescription drugs. All of the charges stem from selling prescription drugs to undercover officers.
“Prescription drug abuse is target of police agencies across the state – and when TennCare is used to pay for the drugs, fraud charges will be added,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
The six charged with TennCare fraud are:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Lisa Zavagiannis is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, was created by Governor Bredesen and began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $2.6 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $159 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tncarefraud.tennessee.gov and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."