|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE TN - A Roane County man has been charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of John R. Brown, 25, of Roane County, after a joint investigation with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
Brown has been charged with one count of TennCare fraud. He is accused of filling a prescription for Hydrocodone w/Acetaminophen which was paid for by TennCare, and then selling a portion of the pills.
“We are working with municipal and county police officers across the state, as they often discover a TennCare element during local drug investigations,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Local police are clearly committed to eliminating prescription drug abuse, and we’re doing our part to stop abusers who are supporting this lifestyle with TennCare.”
The TennCare fraud charge against Brown could result in a two year sentence, if convicted. District Attorney General Russell Johnson 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 1,300 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."