Robertson County Man Charged with TennCare "Doctor Shopping"
NASHVILLE, TN – A Robertson County man is charged in a Montgomery County indictment with TennCare “doctor shopping,” or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Sumner and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices, today announced the arrest of John C. Coryell, Jr., 29, of Cross Plains. He is charged with three counts of TennCare “doctor shopping,” all involving the painkiller Oxycodone.
“We couldn’t be successful without the perseverance of local police and healthcare providers who join us in the effort to bring an end to this activity, especially in the TennCare program,” 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 John W. Carney 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 1,900 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."