Cocke Co. Mother & Son Among 6 Arrested for Prescription Drug Fraud

NASHVILLE – A Cocke County mother and son are among six people in Cocke County charged with prescription drug fraud.

All are accused of prescription drug fraud and some face additional charges of TennCare fraud, according to the Tennessee Office of Inspector General.

Rosalind O. Self, 51, of Newport, is charged with 16 counts of prescription forgery.

Special Agents say Self, who is a certified nurse’s aide, wrote prescriptions for controlled substances, forging a physician’s name.

Her son, Joshua S. Self, 30, of Newport, was charged with five counts of prescription fraud for intentionally obtaining or attempted to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

Vella M. Ball, 30, of Newport, and Angela M. Sutton, 40, of Newport are charged with six counts of TennCare fraud.

Dora Hawk, 53, of Newport, is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud, James H. Howard, 36, of Newport, is charged with two counts of prescription fraud,

"The fraudulent misuse of TennCare pharmacy benefits is a serious problem in local communities across Tennessee," Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. "We are working closely with local law enforcement agencies and pharmacies to investigate and prosecute these types of crimes."

If convicted, Ball, Hawk and Sutton could be sentenced up to two years per charge on the TennCare fraud charges which is a Class E felony.

Rosalind Self faces up to two years per charge for prescription forgery which is a Class E felony.

Both Joshua Self and James Howard could face up to four years on the prescription fraud charge.

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