Binghamton Dental Practice Admits To Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that United Dental Services, P.C., of Binghamton, has admitted to defrauding taxpayers by falsely billing the Medicaid program.

Appearing this morning in Broome County Court before Judge Patrick H. Mathews, United Dental Services pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and paid restitution, including interest, of $80,171. Judge Mathews immediately sentenced the corporation to a three-year conditional discharge.

"The taxpayer-funded Medicaid system is designed to assist the less fortunate citizens of our State with their medical needs," said Spitzer. "My Office is committed to aggressively pursuing and prosecuting those medical professionals who steal from the taxpayers of this State."

Between April 1995 and February 1998, United Dental Services submitted numerous reimbursement claims for having provided Medicaid patients with dental services - such as periodontal scaling and cleanings - when, in fact, no services were provided on the dates indicated.

United Dental Services, P.C. is located at 89-91 Court Street in Binghamton.

Special Assistant Attorney General Ralph D. Tortora, III, Director of the Syracuse Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, prosecuted the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.