NASHVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of TennCare doctor shopping in Hamblen County to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances was charged Wednesday with TennCare Fraud.
According to a report released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Brandon Trent, 25, of Rogersville, is accused of visiting multiple physicians within a short period to obtain controlled substances, and using the state’s Medicaid health care insurance program as payment.
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell is prosecuting the charge against Trent.
Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said, “Tennessee is fortunate to have the laws and the authority to pursue people who are doctor shopping for drugs, whether it’s for personal abuse or with the intent of distribution.”
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..
To date more than 2,000 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG “Cash for Tips” program established by the Tennessee General Assembly, 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.”