|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE – A Lewis County man is charged with TennCare fraud involving the resale of prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 35-year old Caleb Shane Hodges, of Hohenwald. He is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with using TennCare to obtain a prescription for the strong painkiller Hydrocodone, with plans to sell a portion of the pills. The Maury and Lewis County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in Hodges’ arrest.
“Selling prescription drugs to other people is not only illegal, it is dangerous and could be fatal,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “The Office of Inspector General will go after these cases aggressively to stop this reckless, illegal behavior.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Kim Helper 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 1,700 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."