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A Sevier County man is facing charges of doctor shopping to get prescription medication for the third time in three different counties.

Clark Michael Shelton, 37, of Kodak, was charged this week with with four counts of doctor shopping for controlled substances in Sevier County. In addition, Shelton was charged with three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He used Tenncare to pay for the drugs.

Last month, he was charged with six counts of doctor shopping for the pain killer Lortab and six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in Greene County.

His first doctor shopping arrest was a year ago in Knox County, also involving two counts of doctor shopping and six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

"Crossing into another county to try to get prescription drugs does not prevent a person from being busted for trying to stock up on prescriptions for painkillers," Acting Inspector General Lawrence S. Saylor, Jr., said. "We will continue to go after these individuals every time they try to commit fraud against TennCare, which is vitally important to a lot of Tennesseans."

TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping is a Class E felony, carrying a sentence of up to two years per charge in prison. District Attorney General James Dunn is prosecuting.

If you think you know someone involved in doctor shopping or TennCare fraud, call 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

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