Cheatham County man alters prescription, charged with TennCare fraud
Aug 9, 2013 01:41 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A Cheatham County man has been charged with TennCare fraud for altering a prescription for a painkiller and paying for it through a taxpayer-funded healthcare insurance program.
Daniel Pritchett, 25, of Ashland City, is accused of altering a legitimate prescription for another TennCare enrollee.
He added Oxycodone, an addictive painkiller, to the prescription, which was then paid for by the other person's TennCare benefits.
Pritchett is charged with one count each of TennCare fraud, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and identity theft.
"Taxpayers, law enforcement and the healthcare community have targeted prescription drug abuse and are intent on stopping people involved in this crime," Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said.
She continued, "We are working to end this abuse in TennCare."
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft are both Class D felonies, punishable by two to four years in prison.
Anyone who suspects TennCare fraud can report it by calling 1-800-433-3982.