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Man indicted for TennCare fraud for second time

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For the second time, a Bradley County man has been charged with doctor shopping. The crime involves fraudulent efforts to get prescription drugs through TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.

Oscar Morgan, 32 of McDonald, TN was indicted in Bradley County. He is accused of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by visiting multiple doctors in a short time period in an effort to obtain prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare as payment.

Morgan was first arrested by the Office of Inspector General in February of 2016, after a Hamilton County Grand Jury charged him with doctor shopping to obtain Hydrocodone and another painkiller, Hydromorphone, using TennCare as payment.

“Prescription drug abuse is a concern of communities large and small across Tennessee,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.  “With the help of medical providers and local law enforcement, the Office of Inspector General is sending a message that abusing TennCare will result in criminal prosecution.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.  District Attorney General Stephen D. Crump is prosecuting.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

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