|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011
CONTACT: LOLA POTTER
NASHVILLE - A Macon County man is charged with TennCare fraud in nearby Smith County for using the public healthcare insurance program to obtain prescription drugs which he later sold.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from Smith County Sheriff’s Officers and the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force today announced the arrest of Troy D. Dillehay, Jr., 41, of Lafayette.
Dillehay is charges with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts of sale of a controlled substance. He is accused of presenting a prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone, using TennCare benefits to pay for the prescription, concealing that he intended to sell a portion of the drugs.
“Selling prescription drugs on the street is a crime that will eventually catch up with you,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Paying for those drugs with TennCare benefits doubles the chance of getting caught.”
The TennCare fraud charges against Dillehay could result in a two year sentence per charge, if convicted. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson 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, nearly 1,500 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."