Murfreesboro Man Charged with TennCare Fraud
MTN Reporter Haley Perkins February 28th, 2020
A Murfreesboro man is the second person this month to be charged with TennCare fraud. He was charged in connection with allegedly selling prescription drug obtained using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), announced yesterday that William Weed, 40, is charged with one count of TennCare fraud, a class D felony. The OIG worked in a joint effort with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force Program. Investigators allege that Weed received oxymorphone pills from a co-conspirator in order to settle a debt. The pills were acquired using TennCare as payment.
Inspector General Kim Harmon said "The OIG hopes to continue these strong established relationships with local authorities to ensure that dangerous drugs are kept off our local communities streets."
Weed is the second person arrested on TennCare fraud in Murfreesboro this month. Last week MTN Reported on Jordan Miller who was arrested for falsely reporting her marital status and failing to report that her husband lived with the family, which would have made Miller and her family ineligible for TennCare.
If convicted, Weed could face penalties of up to a maximum of 12 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney General Jennings H. Jones of Rutherford County. This is the same district attorney prosecuting the Jordan Miller case.
The OIG has a Cash for Tips Program. Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anybody can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, toll- free or by logging on to www.tn.gov/oig/ and following the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."