Four men were arrested after it was discovered that they billed for unnecessary dental work totaling $5.7 million over a period of 4 years in Brooklyn and Queens, reported a New York Criminal Lawyer. The four suspects are accused of luring the poor and homeless to different locations with offers of cash, McDonaldís gift certificates, and even CD players. The men allegedly would then bill Medicaid for the unnecessary dental work, mostly for dental cleanings.
A man, his son, and son-in-law are accused of drawing the homeless to the different locations, such as Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The dentist involved in the scam also allegedly paid recruiters in addition to performing the services as his part of the multi-million dollar scam. The recruiters were paid in cash between $10 and $30 based on the type of service received by those recruited. Most of the victims were found at nearby methadone clinics or from homeless shelters.
The head men would instruct the hired dentists to place two-thirds of the money received from Medicaid into dummy corporations that had been developed to conceal the money. The scam is thought to have spanned from January of 2006 until the arrest in April 2010.
The dentist was held on a $50,000 bond. The two ring leaders were held on $20,000 bail and then monitored with an electronic bracelet due to their potential as a flight risk.
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