|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
SIX PEOPLE IN COFFEE COUNTY CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – TennCare fraud charges are lodged against six people in Coffee County after an undercover operation involving the Office of Inspector (OIG), the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Tullahoma Police Department. The six were indicted for selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare and “doctor shopping” in the TennCare program.
“Local police across the state are determined to help us end this crime in their communities,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Tullahoma Police Department worked hard to help build these cases and show folks we mean to pursue this crime full throttle.”
The six charged are:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General William Whitesell, Jr. 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 1,100 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."