|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A DeKalb County man is charged in Wilson County with two counts of TennCare fraud.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Steve Mabe, 37, of Alexandria, after a joint investigation with the Wilson County and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Mabe is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud, and is accused of using TennCare to fill prescriptions for Roxicodone, which is an extended-release form of the painkiller Oxycodone, with the intention of selling the drugs.
“There are very legitimate reasons for using these types of prescription painkillers, but abusing them won’t be tolerated, especially when TennCare is involved,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Local police are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we’re doing our part to stop abusers who are supporting this lifestyle with TennCare.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Mabe could result in a two year sentence per charge, if convicted. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $2.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $171 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,300 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."