Two men charged in sale of Rx drugs
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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Two Bradley County men were charged with selling prescription drugs, with one of the men accused of using TennCare to pay for the drugs at a pharmacy. Indictments against Roberto Veloz, Jr., 44, of Cleveland, and Richard M. Worley, Jr., 64, of Charleston, were handed down recently.

The arrests are the result of a joint effort with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Office of the Inspector General.

Veloz was charged with TennCare fraud, sale of a Schedule III controlled substance, and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance. He’s accused of using TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller hydrocodone, later selling a portion of the drugs to an undercover agent, according to OIG information.

Worley was charged with unlawful possession of the painkiller oxycodone, some of which he later sold to an undercover agent. He is also charged with sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance.

“Tennesseans have determined this type of criminal activity is unacceptable, especially in the TennCare program,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “TennCare enrollees who participate in selling drugs paid for by TennCare, and those who buy them, should understand this is a serious crime we intend to prosecute.”

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

District Attorney General R. Steven Bebb is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $173 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, more than 1,700 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, both men were held under $10,000 bond and were released after posting their respective bails.