|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 18, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – Three people are charged with TennCare drug fraud in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in Wayne County.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrests, which were the result of a joint effort with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, the Clifton Police Department, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Office of Inspector General is focused on stopping the abuse of the TennCare program, especially when prescription drugs are involved,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We will prosecute anyone and everyone we determine is committing the crime of TennCare fraud.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years 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 $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."