2010 Tennessee Code
Title 53 - Food, Drugs And Cosmetics
Chapter 11 - Narcotic Drugs and Drug Control
Part 4 - Criminal Penalties and Enforcement
53-11-402 - Fraud Penalties.

53-11-402. Fraud Penalties.

(a)  It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to:

     (1)  Distribute as a registrant a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II, except pursuant to an order form as required by § 53-11-307;

     (2)  Use in the course of the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance a registration number that is fictitious, revoked, suspended or issued to another person;

     (3)  Acquire or obtain, or attempt to acquire or attempt to obtain, possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Any person who violates this subdivision (a)(3) may, upon first conviction, have the sentence suspended and may as a condition of the suspension be required to participate in a program of rehabilitation at a drug treatment facility operated by the state or a comprehensive community mental health center;

     (4)  Furnish false or fraudulent material information in, or omit any material information from, any application, report or other document required to be kept or filed under part 3 of this chapter and this part, or title 39, chapter 17, part 4, or any record required to be kept by part 3 of this chapter and this part, or title 39, chapter 17, part 4;

     (5)  Make, distribute or possess any punch, die, plate, stone or other thing designed to print, imprint or reproduce the trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark, imprint or device of another or any likeness of the trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark, imprint or device of another upon any drug or container or labeling of any drug or container so as to render the drug a counterfeit substance; or

     (6)  Notwithstanding § 71-5-2601, deceive or fail to disclose to a physician, nurse practitioner, ancillary staff or other health care provider from whom the person obtains a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance that the person has received either the same controlled substance or a prescription for the same controlled substance or a controlled substance of similar therapeutic use or a prescription for a controlled substance of similar therapeutic use from another practitioner within the previous thirty (30) days.

(b)  (1)  A violation of this section is a Class D felony, except that a violation of subdivision (a)(6) is a Class A misdemeanor.

     (2)  Notwithstanding  § 40-35-111, regarding the authorized fine for a Class D felony, the authorized fine for a violation of this section shall be as follows:

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     (3)  Nothing contained in this section shall preclude a prosecution under the general drug laws.

(c)  Any person who violates subdivision (a)(3) may, upon first conviction, have the sentence suspended and may as a condition of the suspension be required to participate in a program of rehabilitation at a drug treatment facility operated by the state or a comprehensive community mental health center.

[Acts 1971, ch. 163, § 29; 1972, ch. 597, §§ 5-7; T.C.A., § 52-1436; Acts 1990, ch. 980, § 14; 2009, ch. 67, §§ 2, 3.]  
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