|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
THREE PEOPLE IN WAYNE COUNTY CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - TennCare fraud charges are lodged against three people in Wayne County, including a husband and wife, involving the sale of prescription drugs paid for by TennCare. The arrests were the result of work by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are cracking down on people who try to subsidize illegal narcotics trafficking with taxpayer funds,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “A TennCare fraud conviction can bring hefty repercussions, and we are enforcing it to the fullest extent.”
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 $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."