|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Warren County man has been indicted in Rutherford County and charged with TennCare fraud for the second time.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Charles Ray Burger, 43, of McMinnville. He was being held in the Warren County Jail on unrelated charges, and was later transported the Rutherford County Jail, where he was served with the indictment.
Burger is accused of obtaining Morphine Sulphate through a local clinic prescription, then later selling the drug to an undercover police officer in Warren County.
“The Office of Inspector General is aggressively going after this type of illegal activity,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We are committed to eliminating the incidence of people fraudulently obtaining drugs and letting TennCare pick up the tab.”
District Attorney General William Whitesell, Jr., will prosecute. If convicted Burger could serve up to two years for the TennCare fraud which is a Class E felony.
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, over 1,600 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."