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New Jersey man convicted in Medicaid fraud scheme

A 46-year-old unlicensed dentist from New Jersey was involved in a Medicaid fraud scheme worth up to $2 million. The scheme involved fraudulently obtaining money from insurance providers that are funded by taxpayers.

The unlicensed dentist actively recruited individuals who received money from Medicaid or other insurance companies funded by the government. When patients came to his office, he would perform dental procedures of a minor nature. Then the patient would be paid $25 in cash for the visit. Later, the man's dental practice would bill the taxpayer-funded insurance companies for expensive dental procedures that the unlicensed dentist never performed.

In some instances, the unlicensed dentist would encourage patients to recruit other individuals who had Medicaid or another form of taxpayer-paid insurance to come to his office. Patients were offered $25 in cash for each recruit they brought into the office. These new recruits were also given $25, and then their insurance company was charged for work that was not performed or that the dentist was not licensed to perform.

The scam lasted for six years. It came to an end in 2017 when the unlicensed dentist and his accomplices were arrested. The trial lasted for two weeks, and the man was ultimately convicted of health care fraud as well as other charges. It is possible that he will face up to 25 years in prison. The unlicensed dentist's accomplices pleaded guilty to charges of fraud earlier in 2018.

When a person is facing federal charges, they may seek the help of a Hackensack, New Jersey, federal charges defense lawyer. This type of attorney defends people accused of a crime whether they actually committed the crime or not. Lawyers may assist individuals by reviewing evidence and representing them in court.

Source:, "Unlicensed dentist from N.J. convicted in $2M Medicaid fraud scheme," Anthony G. Attrino, December 11, 2018

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