Pharmacist from Kentucky indicted in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a pharmacist from Kentucky has been indicted on charges that he submitted fraudulent claims for prescription medications to Medicare and TennCare.

TBI said in a news release Tuesday that 56-year-old Joseph “Jess” Collins of Middlesboro, Kentucky, is accused of submitting hundreds of fraudulent claims between May 2008 and May 2013. The agency said Collins was employed at Woody’s Pharmacy in New Tazewell at the time.

A Claiborne County grand jury indicted Collins on Oct. 26 on charges of TennCare fraud over $60,000, insurance fraud over $60,000 and computer crimes over $60,000.

TBI said Collins is free on $25,000 bond. It’s not clear whether he is represented by a lawyer who could comment on the case.