BLEDSOE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR TENNCARE FRAUD
NASHVILLE – A Bledsoe County man has been charged with TennCare fraud. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Richard Holland, 39, of Pikeville, Tennessee.
Holland was indicted Tuesday by the Bledsoe County Grand Jury for
defrauding the State of Tennessee of TennCare benefits. The two count
indictment charges that Holland, who is not a TennCare enrollee, committed
the felonies of fraudulently obtaining TennCare medical benefits by
making false statements and impersonating a TennCare enrollee in order
to obtain prescriptions for hydrocodone and alprazolam, with TennCare
paying for them. Hydrocodone is a strong and addictive painkiller;
alprazolam is used to treat anxiety.
The TennCare charges against Holland are Class D felonies, punishable by up to four years each. Bond was set at $5,000. Bledsoe County District Attorney J. Michael Taylor is prosecuting.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982
toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tennessee.gov/tenncare
and follow the prompts that read “Report Fraud Now.”