Dyer Co. Man Charged 2nd Time with TennCare Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Dyer County man is charged a second time this month for “doctor shopping,” or going to multiple doctors in a short period to obtain the same or similar controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 54-year old James Moser, of Dyersburg. He was charged in Lauderdale County with doctor shopping involving the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare to pay for physician office visits. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office assisted in Moser’s arrest.
Moser was first arrested last week, stemming from an indictment in Dyer County, where he faces the same charge involving Hydrocodone. Both cases were being worked simultaneously, with indictments served just days apart.
“Prescription drug abuse is a concern of communities large and small across Tennessee,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “With the help of providers, we’re sending a message that abusing TennCare will have serious repercussions.”
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General Michael Dunavant will be prosecuting the Lauderdale County case.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,250 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."