Giles County Man Charged with TennCare "Doctor Shopping"
NASHVILLE, TN – A Giles County man is charged with TennCare fraud involving “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Lonnie R. Miller, II, 38, of Pulaski. He is charged with two counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain the pain medication Hydrocodone by “doctor shopping.”
“Misuse of legal prescription drugs is a problem everywhere – but the laws in Tennessee prevent people from being able to use TennCare to obtain prescription drugs for purposes beyond their intent,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Mike Bottoms 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."