St. Cloud dental clinic owner Ayman Risha, who is unlicensed in Minnesota but holds a foreign-issued Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, has been denied a license because the Minnesota Board of Dentistry found he had engaged in dental fraud by making diagnoses and treatment plans that were not medically warranted. The board found that he instructed his staff to:
- take unnecessary dental x-rays,
- falsify records,
- remove expiration dates from products, and
- use incorrect billing codes to justify procedures.
In addition, the board determined that the clinic had inadequate infection control procedures. Mr. Risha was ordered to close his unlicensed clinic, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He then applied to receive a dental license by examination. A board committee recommended denying Mr. Risha a license. Mr. Risha contested that decision, but he lost when he missed a hearing. Mr. Risha was ordered by the board to pay $8,794, including the cost of the administrative law judge.
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