TBI agents raid Oliver Springs walk-in clinic

TBI agents raid Oliver Springs walk-in clinic

The TBI agents were at Oliver Springs Walk-in Medical Clinic at 616 E. Tri County Blvd. The TBI agents were at Oliver Springs Walk-in Medical Clinic at 616 E. Tri County Blvd.

February 28, 2007

6 News Reporter

OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) -- Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit raided an Oliver Springs walk-in clinic Wednesday.

The agents were at Oliver Springs Walk-in Medical Clinic at 616 E. Tri County Blvd.

The investigation involves the practice of Dr. Delvin E. Littell. He's listed with the state Department of Health as specializing in family practice.

The District Attorney's Office says Littell is being investigated for illegally issuing and filling prescription medications.  

Area residents say Littell opened his practice in Oliver Springs about two years ago.

Charley Murphy is a pharmacist at Riddle Drugs, next door to Littell's practice. He says he fills a lot of Littell's patients' prescriptions.

"He has a pain clinic and anytime you have a pain clinic and you are dealing with controlled substances," Murphy says. 

Murphy also says he's heard a lot of rumors but he never expected TBI to investigate. "He is the nicest older fella that you could ever talk to."  

Several people had appointments with Littell on Wednesday but a sign posted on the front door says to reschedule. It's not clear if the clinic will reopen.  

Donna King is a former patient who suffers from chronic pain. She says Littell has prescribed her pain medication in the past.  

"The clinic stays full. People stand outside smoking and waiting. That place is packed every day," King says.  

So far no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. TBI says the investigation is ongoing.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates a wide range of claims including patient abuse, illegal dispensing of drugs and medicaid fraud.

There are no violations listed for Littell with the state Department of Health.

Littell's medical license is active. It went into effect in December 1978. It's set to expire at the end of this July. He graduated from Harvard School of Public Health. He has no prior disciplinary offenses in Tennessee.

Littell has privileges to treat patients at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, LaFollette Medical Center and Claiborne County Hospital.

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