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Man charged with TennCare doctor shopping

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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 D felony that carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General James Dunn 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 1,600 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 and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud.

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