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NASHVILLE, TN – A Tipton County man is charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs which were paid for by the state’s Medicaid program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) charged Johnny Eugene Story, 37, of Brighton. He was served with the indictment at the Tipton County Jail, where he is serving time for unrelated charges.
Story is charged with TennCare fraud and delivery of a controlled substance in a school zone. He’s accused of using TennCare to obtain Hydrocodone, which he later delivered a portion within 1,000 feet of a school.
“Buying drugs with public dollars to sell to other people is crime we are committed to stopping in the TennCare program,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “It’s especially egregious to think this type of activity may have taken place near a school, where our kids should be safe.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. Delivery of a Scheduled III controlled substance is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison. District Attorney General Michael Dunavant 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, 2,058 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."