|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Robertson County man is charged with TennCare fraud involving the resale of prescription medication.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 56-year old David J. Bollinger, of Greenbrier, on a two-count indictment for TennCare fraud. Martin is accused of using TennCare benefits to obtain a prescription for the anti-anxiety medication Xanax on two separate occasions and concealing the fact he planned to sell a portion of the pills. The Robertson County Sheriff’s Department assisted in Bollinger’s arrest.
“Only a pharmacist working in a legitimate pharmacy can legally dispense prescription medications, and those medications cannot be shared with others, especially in an effort to personally profit from the exchange,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
If convicted, Martin could each spend up to two years in prison. District Attorney General John W. Carney will prosecute.
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 1,240 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."