|2 Loudon Co. men face TennCare fraud charges in
BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)
(Left) Jonathan Smallen, 21, and (Right) Robert L. Smith, 21
(Photos Courtesy: State of Tennessee Office of Inspector
Two Loudon County men face TennCare fraud charges in
Blount County for trying to use TennCare to fill fraudulent
prescriptions, according to the State of Tennessee Office of Inspector
The OIG says Robert L. Smith, 21, and Jonathan Smallen, 21, are both
from Lenoir City.
Smallen was charged with three counts of TennCare fraud, three counts of
identity theft, one count of obtaining a schedule III drug by fraud, and
two counts of obtaining a schedule II drug by fraud," according to an
OIG release. "Smith was charged with one count of TennCare fraud one
count of obtaining a schedule II drug by fraud and one count of identity
The two allegedly tried to fill forged prescriptions for the painkillers
Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.
“This is a great example of a pharmacy that was alert to the tactics
some people will use to obtain prescription painkillers,” Inspector
General Deborah Y. Faulkner says. “Tennessee pharmacies are getting more
and more tuned in to the aspects of TennCare fraud, and we depend on
them to help us identify these cases so we can prosecute them.”
If convicted, they could each face two years in prison.