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UPDATE: Rhea Co. man charged with Tenncare fraud for a second time

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RHEA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

A Rhea County man is charged for a second time with Tenncare fraud involving prescription drugs.

23-year old Michael D. Smith was arrested and charged with doctor shopping and using Tenncare as payment.

He was also charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Smith was first arrested in December, accused of forging his grandmother's signature to obtain a prescription for a painkiller.

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PREVIOUS STORY:  A grandmother and grandson are charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which is going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescriptions for similar controlled drugs, using TennCare as payment. 

The Office of Inspector General announced Friday the arrests of 64-year-old Lydia P. Smith and her 23-year old grandson Michael D. Smith, both of Dayton.  

The grandson is accused of forging his grandmother's signature in order to obtain a prescription for the painkiller Oxycodone.  

He's charged with TennCare fraud and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.  

In addition, Michael Smith is charged with two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.  

Charges accuse him of doctor shopping for controlled substance prescriptions. 

The grandmother, Lydia Smith, is charged with doctor shopping and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. 

"The abuse of TennCare pharmacy benefits, especially to involving pain medications, is our number one priority," Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. "People who try to use TennCare to subsidize prescription drug sales or drugs for recreational use will be prosecuted.” 
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