Friday, March 09, 2012

New Jersey Dentist Paresh Patel Accused of Medicaid Fraud in False Dental Records Submitted After a Fire

Paresh Patel, D.M.D.

I have been seeing a goodly number of cases of dentist Medicaid fraud lately. Here we have another.

A dentist for three children who were killed in a house fire here last month has been charged with fraud after the police say he gave them dental records that revealed a Medicaid scheme.

The Middlesex County prosecutor, Bruce J. Kaplan, said the dentist, Paresh Patel, owner of Healthy Smiles Dental Associates in Metuchen, was charged after he provided records that showed certain dental work had never been performed on the children, even though he had billed Medicaid for the work.

Dr. Patel has been practicing for 20 years and plans to enter a not-guilty plea during a court appearance, his lawyer, Lawrence Y. Bitterman, said.

Here is more on the story:

Police say a dentist who treated three of the children killed in a deadly house fire faces fraud charges for allegedly giving them bogus dental records.

Parish Patel faces falsifying dental records and obstruction charges for allegedly turning over fake dental records for three of the kids who died in the Feb. 23 blaze. He is also accused of insurance fraud for allegedly submitting at least five claims totaling more than $1,000.

Patel, 46, was charged after investigators tried to identify the children. Investigators say records Patel provided reflected certain dental work that had never been done. Investigators say the bogus records delayed the identification of the children.

Christopher Jefferson, 5, Tyler Davis, 7, and Alize Jefferson, 12, were the three children killed. Their grandmother Ann Jefferson, 62, and 2-year-old Elijah Taylor also died in the blaze.

Dentists - bill for what you do and don't for what you don't do.

It is as simple as that....

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