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NASHVILLE, TN – Four people are charged with TennCare fraud after a round-up of 60 people who face 106 charges involving prescription drugs. The arrests are the results of an undercover investigation involving the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The four charged with TennCare fraud are:
“We depend on local police to work with us in drug investigations where TennCare may have been used to obtain prescription drugs for resale,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Local police across the state are working with us to end this crime, especially when TennCare is involved.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell 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, 2,074 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."