Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Texas Orthodontist to Forfeit $1.5 Million for Medicaid Fraud

Goodwin Orthodontics

More fall out from the Texas Medicaid orthodontic fraud schemes.

An Amarillo orthodontist must forfeit $1.56 million he fraudulently gleaned from the Texas Medicaid program by billing for dental work he never performed, an Amarillo judge has ruled.

In a preliminary order issued Monday, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson said the government presented “credible evidence” Michael David Goodwin, owner of Goodwin Orthodontics, 3629 Wolflin Ave., reaped $1.56 million in ill-
gotten gains between 2008 and 2011.

Goodwin, 63, pleaded guilty in December to one count of health care fraud. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced. Under the plea, Goodwin agreed not to challenge the forfeiture.

Prosecutors allege Goodwin frequently billed for work he never performed and scheduled up to 100 patients daily. Employees and patients likened the scheme to “herding cattle,” court documents show.

A nice retirement at Club Fed (meaning federal prison) perhaps will teach some greedy colleagues to play by the rules and obey the law.

What were these orthdontists and dentists thinking?

Guess, it was simple greed.

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