|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN - Four Warren County residents are charged with TennCare drug fraud, following an undercover operation involving the Office of Inspector (OIG) and the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
"We are not going to tolerate TennCare fraud, especially when people are subsidizing illegal narcotics trafficking with taxpayer funds," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "We are committed to tracking TennCare fraud aggressively and prosecute to the full extent of the law."
Included in the arrests:
District Attorney General Lisa S. Zavogiannis will prosecute. If convicted, all could serve up to two years for the TennCare fraud which is a Class E felony while the delivery of a schedule II controlled substance charge is a class C felony, carrying a possible sentence of three to six years. Delivery of a schedule III controlled substance is a class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.
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."