- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

BELLS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 76-year-old pharmacist from Crockett County has been charged with billing the state’s Medicaid program for medication that patients never received and the sale of fake prescriptions for cash.

The West Tennessee Drug Task Force says Glen R. Bonifield has been indicted on 25 counts of TennCare fraud and one count of theft over $10,000. Bonifield is being held on $350,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer late Tuesday.

Investigators say agents bought pills and crack cocaine from pharmacy employees and passed bogus prescriptions to Bonifield in exchange for cash. Investigators said some 195,000 controlled substance pills were missing.

Agents said Bonifield also gave drugs to patients and paid for it by billing TennCare for a medication patients said they never received.

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