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AG files Medicaid fraud charges against Anderson dental office owner and employees

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Nine individuals from an Anderson dental office, including three dentists and the owner, are facing criminal charges for allegedly obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars from Medicaid illegally, the Indiana attorney general announced Wednesday.

Criminal charges filed in Madison County Circuit Court 6 claim that Anderson Dental Center owner Sally Metzner and her co-defendants engaged in a scheme to submit false and inflated bills for dental services to the Indiana Medicaid program.

The probable cause affidavit highlights repeated instances of using the Medicaid provider number of one dentist when billing the work from another dentist; using the Medicaid number and Drug Enforcement Agency registration number of one dentist for prescriptions written by other dentists; filing Medicaid claims under the name of a dentist who no longer worked at the office; and submitting claims for the expensive procedure of deep sedation when only a local anesthetic was administered.

Metzner, 57, of Anderson has been charged with two counts of corrupt business influence, as a Class C felony. She has also been charged with money laundering, Medicaid fraud, theft, forgery and practicing dentistry without a license.

The three dentists charged with corrupt business influence, money laundering, Medicaid fraud and theft are:
Paul Pangallo, 73, Indianapolis; Jeffrey Rich, 69, Cicero; Thomas Dubois, 46, Indianapolis.

Office employees charged with corrupt business influence are: Jessica (Metzner) Worrell, 27, Anderson, also charged with forgery;
Beth Flynn-Lohrey, 45, Middletown, also charged with prescription drug fraud; Chris Martin, 31, Anderson, also charged with prescription drug fraud; Barbara Brooks, 62, Anderson, also charged with forgery.  

A fifth administrative staff member, Deborah R. Davis, 55, Middletown, was charged with prescription drug fraud only.

The affidavit also alleged that the fraudulent billing continued even after authorities had executed search warrants at the office.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit joined with the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and local authorities to investigate Anderson Dental Center. The investigation included executing three searches of the dental office, reviewing Medicaid claims, interviewing employees and co-defendants, and obtaining information from local pharmacies.  

 

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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