Bedford County Man Nailed On Tenn Care Fraud In Coffee County

A Bedford County man is charged with TennCare fraud in Coffee County, and it’s his second charge for the crime. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with assistance from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office last week announced the arrest of 39-year old Brian K. Tucker.  A Coffee County Grand Jury indicted Tucker with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping for drugs, using TennCare as payment.
Tucker was first arrested in August of this year when he was charged with doctor shopping in Bedford County.  Those charges are still pending in court.
“The fraudulent misuse of TennCare benefits is a serious issue but our office is out front in cracking down on these types of crimes,” Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. “People intent on committing TennCare fraud risk being forced to voluntarily give up the privilege of applying for TennCare in the future, if convicted.”  
TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge.  District Attorney General Craig Northcott is prosecuting.