Claiborne County pharmacist charged with healthcare fraud

Joseph Collins (TBI)
Joseph Collins (TBI)

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) – A Grand Jury returned indictments against a New Tazewell pharmacist.

On October 26, a grand jury charged Joseph “Jess” Collins, 56, with TennCare fraud, insurance fraud over $60,000 and computer crimes over $60,000. Collins turned himself in, was booked into the Claiborne County Jail and released on a $25,000 bond.

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they developed information that from May 2008 to May 2013 Collins submitted hundreds of fraudulent claims for prescription medications to Medicare and TennCare. Rebif, an injectable drug used to treat multiple sclerosis and Oxycodone were among the medications that Collins claimed to have dispensed.

Collins was employed at Woody’s Pharmacy in New Tazewell at the time.

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