|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE - A Maury County man is charged with TennCare fraud for using the state’s public healthcare insurance program to obtain prescription drugs, which he later sold.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of, Timothy Clark, 49, of Mt. Pleasant. The arrest was the result of a joint effort with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office.
Clark was indicted for one count of TennCare fraud for presenting a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for the prescription while planning to sell a portion or all of the drugs.
“People are getting the message that selling prescription drugs is illegal activity, and police and communities are particularly intolerant of people using TennCare to finance their addiction or their illegal business,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Police and providers across the state are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we’re doing our part to stop abusers who are supporting this lifestyle with TennCare.”
If convicted, Clark would face a two year prison sentence. District Attorney 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, nearly 1,500 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."