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NASHVILLE, TN – Four people in DeKalb County are charged with TennCare fraud, after an undercover operation involving prescription drugs that were paid for by the state’s Medicaid program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrests.
“We dedicate our time and resources to tracking tips and participating in undercover operations to stop people who are trying to commit prescription drug fraud and using TennCare benefits to traffic these drugs,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.
The four arrested are each charged with TennCare fraud:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Randall A. York 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, 2,083 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."