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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four people are charged with TennCare drug fraud in Weakley County, after an undercover operation. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrests, which were the result of a joint effort with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office. All four arrests involve the sale of prescription drugs paid for by TennCare:
“We dedicate much of our time and resources tracking tips and participating in undercover operations to stop prescription drug fraud by people using TennCare to traffic drugs at taxpayers’ expense,” Acting Inspector General Robert White said.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two 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, 2,148 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."