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CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE, TN – TennCare fraud charges have been lodged against five people in Weakley County. The arrests were part of a four-month undercover operation involving officers from Dresden Police, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of Inspector (OIG). All the charges involve people selling prescription drugs.
The five arrested and charged with TennCare fraud:
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up two years in prison per charge; both the sale and delivery of a schedule III and schedule IV controlled substance are Class D felonies with possible sentence of up to four years in prison per charge. The sale and delivery of a schedule III and schedule IV in a school zone is a Class C felony, with a possible sentence of up to 6 years in prison. District Attorney General Thomas A. Thomas 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, over 2,100 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."