|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
SUMNER COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE DRUG FRAUD
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Sumner County man is charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Daryl W. Frazier, Sr., 40, of Cottontown, after a joint investigation with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.
Frazier was arraigned in Sumner Criminal Court and is charged with one count of TennCare fraud and one count of sale of a Schedule II controlled substance. He is accused of filling a prescription for Opana, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine, which was paid for by TennCare, then selling a portion of the pills.
“We are working with municipal and county police officers across the state, as they are on the front lines of fighting prescription drugs in their communities, and we are making sure TennCare does not fund this activity,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Local police are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we’re doing our part to stop abusers who are supporting this lifestyle with TennCare.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Frazier could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General Lawrence Ray Whitley 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."