Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dentist Acquitted and Wins $7.7 Million Judgment in New York Medicaid Fraud Case

Dentist, Dr. Leonard Morse

Dr. Morse who at one time was one of New York's top Dental Medicaid billers lost his practice but was vindicated by a jury.

A Brooklyn dentist whose career was ruined after the then-state Attorney General made him a poster boy for Medicaid fraud won a $7.7 million verdict Tuesday against two of Spitzer’s former investigators.

That was $1.6 million more than Dr. Leonard Morse’s expert estimated the tooth doctor lost as a result of Spitzer’s probe — and, in terms of vindication, priceless.

“It took a little more than 2,500 days, but we got to the truth,” said Morse, a 65-year-old father of six from Manhattan. “Now I feel totally vindicated.”

Morse, who accused former Spitzer deputy John Fusto and investigator Jose Castillo in the suit of fabricating evidence against him, also had some choice words for their old boss as well.

“He should be ashamed that this happened in his office, under his stewardship,” Morse said of Spitzer. “His finger prints are all over it.”

Morse’s lawyer, Jon Norinsberg, also ripped Fusto as “a perfect storm of arrogance, laziness and incompetence.”

Neither Fusto, nor Castillo, work for the AG’s office anymore.

The AG’s office had no official comment, but their lawyers in court told Federal Judge Carol Amon they will appeal the verdict.

In his closing arguments, Deputy Attorney General Christopher Miller argued that just because someone is acquitted of a crime — as Morse was earlier — doesn't mean the prosecution had fabricated evidence.

“He already had his day in court, he was found not guilty,” Miller said.

But Miller looked ashen when the jury, which took just three hours to reach a decision, asked the judge for a calculator.

Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after getting caught in a hooker scandal, could not be reached for comment.

This is disgraceful and with all of the Medicaid fraud cases being brought by the government, will dentists continue to accept Medicaid?

With the Affordable Care Act taking full effect in 2014 and with a major component of the Act being expansion of Medicaid, I somehow think there will be a lack of dentist providers.

Why put your family finances and your liberty at risk, while treating the poor?

I know, I won't.

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