50 Accused Of TennCare Fraud In Overton County

LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Fifty people accused of TennCare fraud were being sought in Overton County in what officials are calling the biggest such bust in the state.

Overton County Sheriff's deputies, assisted by law officers from several surrounding counties, and the Office of Inspector General began a roundup of suspects in the case late last week.

It follows a year-long investigation that began with a paper trail from a local pharmacy, where thousands of forged prescriptions were allegedly filled in recent years.

Doug Clark, owner of Clark's Medical Center Pharmacy, was arrested in the case last October, charged with several counts of illegally selling the painkiller Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a public school and also charged with forgery and TennCare fraud.

Those cases are still pending against the 63-year-old Clark, who is facing additional charges of more than a hundred counts of TennCare fraud and charges relating to illegally dispensing controlled substances.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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