Smithville Man Indicted for TennCare Fraud

December 3, 2013
Dwayne Page
Jackie Darrell Ervin
Jason Walter Ervin
 Joseph Stephen Audas
Blake Ardell Richardson

A Smithville man has been indicted by the Grand Jury for TennCare Fraud.

36 year old Jackie Darrell Ervin of Page Drive, Smithville was named in a sealed indictment last week charging him with three counts of TennCare Fraud and three counts of Prescription Fraud. He was arrested on Wednesday, November 27. His bond is $20,000 and he will be arraigned in criminal court on Monday, December 9.

The indictment alleges that Ervin, a TennCare enrollee, did unlawfully commit the offense of Fraudulently Obtaining TennCare Medical Assistance Benefits to which he was not entitled by knowingly obtaining a prescription for Adderrall in DeKalb County on October 22, 2011 and December 23, 2011 and for Lortab on November 23, 2011. The prescriptions were subsequently filled and paid for by TennCare. The indictment further alleges that Ervin intentionally obtained possession of these controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge.

In another case, Jason Walter Ervin of Johnson Chapel Road, Sparta is charged in a sealed indictment with manufacture of marijuana. He was arrested on Wednesday, November 27. His bond is $20,000 and he will be arraigned in criminal court on Monday, December 9.

The indictment alleges that on or about July 2, Ervin knowingly did manufacture a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, by cultivating not less than ten marijuana plants nor more than nineteen marijuana plants, constituting the offense of Manufacturing Marijuana.

A Lancaster man accused of assaulting his wife in April has been arrested after being on the run since the offense.

28 year old Joseph Stephen Audas of Jackson Hollow Road, Lancaster is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $25,000 and he will be in court on December 12. He was arrested on Tuesday, November 26.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on or about April 29, Audas allegedly assaulted his wife by beating her all over her body, head, and face. He allegedly told her that she was "going to die today". Audas also allegedly pulled her from a vehicle onto the ground and ripped off her clothing. She later had to be taken to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment.

According to Sheriff Ray, Audas has another domestic assault offense against him "of a high and aggravated nature" in Greenville County, South Carolina.

26 year old Blake Ardell Richardson of Terry Lane, Hermitage is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court January 9.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday December 1, central dispatch alerted officers to a report of a reckless driver traveling east on Highway 70 east. A deputy spotted a white Mercedes weaving back and forth, crossing into other lanes. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the car and spoke with the driver, Richardson. When asked by the deputy if he had consumed any alcohol, Richardson replied he had drank three beers. Richardson submitted to but performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. He was arrested and taken to the jail for booking.

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