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NASHVILLE, TN – A Dickson County man is charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs that were paid for with TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Michael J. Dotson, 40, of Dickson, after a joint investigation with the Dickson Police Department.
Dotson is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud accusing him of using TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the painkiller Morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance, by paying for the legitimate prescription with TennCare, while selling a portion of the drugs in Dickson County.
“We have made prescription drug abuse in TennCare a top priority – and it’s paying off in the number of arrests we make for this and related crimes,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “There’s a multitude of healthcare providers and others who are watching for signs of prescription drug fraud across the state, and those involved will be arrested.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Dan M. Alsobrooks 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 1,900 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."