Tullahoma Man Arrested On TennCare Charges
Nickolas Dewayne Ferrell is charged with TennCare fraud for using the program to obtain prescription drugs and later distributing the drugs to others. Ferrell, 35, of Tullahoma, is accused of using TennCare to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone, later selling a portion to an undercover informant. Tullahoma Police assisted with his arrest.
“Prescription drug fraud is a significant burden on the health care system and on communities across the state,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “We´re committed to eliminating this crime in the TennCare program, and local police and providers across the state are working with us in this effort.”
District Attorney General Craig Northcott is prosecuting the Coffee County case.
The Office of Inspector General, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,274 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 www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”