A Rhea County man is charged in Morgan County with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances. 


41-year-old Howard Queen of Spring City was arrested and charged in a Morgan County indictment with doctor shopping and obtaining a controlled substance, Oxycodone, by willfully and with the intent to deceive his healthcare provider.


TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.  Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class A misdemeanor.  District Attorney General Russell Johnson is prosecuting.


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, 2,191 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.