December 16, 2014 — Dental Medicaid fraud rarely goes unnoticed by dental clinic insiders. But many just keep their heads down and try to hold onto their jobs — until they are asked to participate. That’s when many whistleblowers seek out legal advice to stop billing fraud schemes against the government. When tipsters file a lawsuit against unethical dental practices under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, they may be rewarded for their courage with a share of the government’s recovery.
Indianapolis Dentist Allegedly Filed False Claims With Medicaid For Services Never Performed
An Indiana dentist has been charged with filing false claims with the Indiana Medicaid program. Dr. Bernice Avant allegedly received more than $260,000 in requested reimbursements from the government healthcare program for dental treatments that had not been performed. The dentist has been charged with Medicaid fraud and theft.
The Indianapolis dentist operates the Oakbrook Dental Center. A dozen of the dentist’s patients reportedly notified investigators that services listed on medical billing forms had not in reality been provided. The alleged services included a number of procedures, including dental x-rays and tooth extractions.
Insiders with a Conscience Collaborate to End Fraudulent Billing Schemes
While Waters & Kraus is not handling this particular dental Medicaid fraud case, we are representing whistleblowers in similar lawsuits. If you have comparable claims against a different dental provider, email us or call our qui tam attorneys at 855.784.0268 to learn more about our practice and how we can work together to notify the government about fraudulent abuses of government-funded programs. Charles Siegel and Dan Hargrove, qui tam lawyers in Waters & Kraus’ Texas office, protect tipsters throughout the whistleblower lawsuit process.