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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – Four people in Wilson County are charged with TennCare drug fraud after a round-up charging 83 people with prescription drug-related crimes. The arrests came after an undercover investigation involving the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Inspector (OIG).
The four charged with drug fraud involving TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, were trying to sell prescription drugs that were paid for by TennCare:
“Local law enforcement officials have been invaluable in our mission to stop TennCare fraud,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “By pooling resources with local officials, we are covering much more ground and making more progress in tackling the drug fraud problem, especially when people try to use public dollars to finance it.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson, Jr., 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, 2,069 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."