|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 13, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - Three people in Giles County are charged with TennCare fraud after an undercover operation.
The Office of Inspector (OIG) and the Giles County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrests, all of which involve the sale of prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
"We dedicate much of our time and resources tracking tips and participating in undercover operations to stop people who are trying to commit prescription drug fraud, using TennCare benefits to traffic in drugs at the taxpayers’ expense," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
The three arrested are:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Mike Bottoms is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, nearly 1,500 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
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.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."