NASHVILLE, TN – A Davidson County woman is charged in nearby Wilson County with TennCare fraud related to selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare.
“Selling prescription drugs that were paid for with tax dollars is illegal and intolerable,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “The illegal sale of prescription drugs to other people is dangerous and can be harmful or even deadly.”
District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson, Jr., is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony that carries up to a two year sentence.
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.”