Giles Co. man charged with TennCare fraud

Lacy Frank Walls (Courtesy: Office of the Inspector General)

Lacy Frank Walls (Courtesy: Office of the Inspector General)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Gies Co. man stands accused of selling prescription drugs he bought using TennCare health care insurance. Lacy Frank Walls, Jr., 58, was charged with TennCare fraud, according to the Office of the Inspector General. If convicted, the Pulaski man could face up to two-year sentence.

He was arrested following a joint investigation between the OIG and the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force. Officials say he used TennCare medical benefits to obtain the prescription painkiller Hydrocodone with the intention of selling some of them.

“Communities, local police, and healthcare providers across the state are joining with us in focusing on prescription drug abuse, especially when TennCare is involved,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “We’re working with local authorities in communities throughout Tennessee to stop those who are reselling their prescription drugs.”

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