Giles Co. Man Charged with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE – A Pulaski, Tennessee man is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud for allegedly re-selling pills he obtained using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in a joint effort with the Giles County Sheriff’s Department, today announced the arrest of 58-year-old Timothy Green. Investigators allege Green used TennCare benefits to pay for medical visits and the resulting prescriptions for the strong painkiller Percocet. On two separate occasions, Green allegedly sold a portion of the pills to a confidential informant.
“With the opioid crisis tearing through Tennessee communities, within Tennessee, the Office of Inspector General is firmly committed to helping local police and sheriffs in the continuing fight against drug diversion, which is re-selling prescription drugs,” Inspector General Chad Holman said. “People who use the TennCare program to subsidize illegal drug sales will be held accountable.”
The TennCare fraud charges are class D felonies. The case is being prosecuted by District 22 Attorney General Brent A. Cooper, whose jurisdiction is Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne Counties.
The OIG is separate from TennCare and was created to identify and investigate potential fraud among members of TennCare, which is funded by state and federal tax dollars. To date, 3180 have been charged with TennCare fraud.
The OIG’s “Most Wanted” list can be located online at https://www.tn.gov/finance/fa-oig/fa-oig-most-wanted.html. Anyone with information about a wanted subject is urged to use the contact information on the page. 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 800-433-3982, toll-free, or by logging on to www.tn.gov/oig/ and following the prompts that read “Report TennCare fraud.”