|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER615.532.8560 (OFFICE)615.202.0701 (CELL)
FOUR MACON COUNTY RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH TENNCARE DRUG FRAUD
AFTER UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four people in Macon County are charged with TennCare fraud involving prescription drugs.
The Office of Inspector (OIG) today announced the arrests, which were a joint effort with the 15th Judicial Drug Task Force, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and Red Boiling Springs Police Department.
“The OIG was formed because Tennesseans were tired of this activity going unchecked in a program as important as TennCare,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “We’re one of the few units of this kind in the nation, and it brings a high level of integrity to our public health program.”
The four people arrested are:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.
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 1,050 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."