Nurse illegally dispenses medicine, Charged with TennCare fraud

Nurse illegally dispenses medicine, Charged with TennCare fraud (Image 1)
Nurse illegally dispenses medicine, Charged with TennCare fraud (Image 1)

A registered nurse from Henry County is charged with TennCare fraud after it was discovered he had illegally dispensed medication, costing the healthcare program thousands of dollars.

Authorities reported Gene Dougherty of Paris, Tennessee worked as a nurse at McKenzie Regional Hospital when the crime allegedly occurred.

Officials reported Dougherty allegedly found a way of illegally dispensing medication in amounts not approved by prescribing medical professionals at the hospital.

“Doctors, hospitals and pharmacists are all helping us track episodes of TennCare fraud, and it's led to the success we've had in trying to eliminate this problem in TennCare,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “Providers, law enforcement and citizens are more alert to some of the tactics used to commit TennCare fraud, and they are helping us preserve TennCare.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison.

Anyone who suspects TennCare fraud is urged to report it by calling 1-800-433-3982.

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