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Three Dyer County residents charged with TennCare drug fraud

Friday, December 21, 2012

Three people in Dyer County are charged with TennCare drug fraud, after last week's roundup that netted almost 40 drug-related arrests. The suspects were rounded up after an undercover investigation coordinated by the Office of Inspector General and the Dyersburg Police Department.

The three are all charged with trying to sell prescription drugs, which were paid for by TennCare. The most common drug involved was the painkiller morphine.

The three people charged with TennCare fraud are:

* Bethany Jo Edwards, 25, of Dyersburg, charged with TennCare fraud and two counts of sale of a scheduled II controlled substance for selling morphine, which was paid for by TennCare;

* Richard Lee Weaver, 38, of Dyersburg, charged with TennCare fraud and three counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance for selling morphine which was purchased using TennCare; and,

* Charles David Gray, 51, of Bogota, arrested in October for selling Morphine which was paid for with TennCare benefits.

"Local law enforcement officials have been an extremely valuable asset as the Office of Inspector General goes after TennCare fraud," said Inspector General Deborah Faulkner. "By pooling resources with local law enforcement, we can cover a lot of territory in tackling the prescription drug fraud problem in Tennessee."

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison, and sale of a schedule II controlled substance is a Class C felony, punishable by three to six years in prison. District Attorney General Phillip Bivens 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."

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These people make it harder for legit patients to get needed pain meds...

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Fri, Dec 21, 2012, at 10:30 AM

You can't fix stupid, some people never learn. 38 years old, 51 years old, normal people would know better.

-- Posted by liveshere on Fri, Dec 21, 2012, at 11:02 AM

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