Monroe County faces doctor-shopping charges for second time

Monroe County faces doctor-shopping charges for second time in a month

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Richard Martin (source: Officer of Inspector General) Richard Martin (source: Officer of Inspector General)

NASHVILLE (WATE) - A Monroe County man is facing charges related to doctor shopping for the second time.

Monroe and McMinn county sheriff's offices, along with Tennessee's Officer of Inspector General announced Thursday the arrest of Richard Martin, 32.

Investigators say Martin saw multiple physicians within a 30-day period to get prescriptions for the same or similar controlled substances.

TennCare footed the bill for those doctor office visits and prescriptions.

Martin is also accused of using fraud to get controlled substances.

He was arrested last month in Monroe County for doctor shopping.

The Officer of Inspector General says TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping carries a possible sentence of up to two years in prison.

Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is also a felony with a possible sentence of up to four years in prison per charge.

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