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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

 
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FOUR CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD IN HAMBLEN CO.
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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:

  • Joshua A. Moore, 31, of Morristown, accused of TennCare fraud and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, for using TennCare to obtain the painkiller Oxymorphone, later selling a portion to an undercover agent;
  • Faith L. Mabe, 29, of Morristown, charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and delivery of a scheduled III controlled substance.  She’s accused of twice using TennCare to obtain Suboxone, which is used to treat heroin addiction, and later selling a portion to an undercover agent;
  • Megan B. Gilliam, 20, of Bulls Gap, charged with TennCare fraud and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance for using TennCare to obtain Suboxone, later selling a portion to an undercover agent; and,
  • James E. Greenlee, 54, of Morristown, charged with TennCare fraud and two counts of delivery of a scheduled II controlled substance.  Greenlee is accused of twice selling the painkiller Oxycodone, obtained through TennCare, to an undercover agent.

“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."