CSAO: Stamford Dentist Charged With Defrauding Medicaid Program

Stamford Dentist Charged With Defrauding Medicaid Program

A Stamford dentist was arrested today and charged with billing Medicaid for dental services that were never provided.

GEORGY BETSER, age 71, of Summer Street, Stamford, was arrested by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Insurance Fraud.

Medicaid is a federal and state funded program that provides health care to low and no-income individuals.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, between December 2012 and February 2013, Betser claimed that he had visited patients in long-term care facilities and performed dental work that was, in fact, never performed.

Investigation by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit disclosed that Betser submitted claims for dates on which he had not visited the long-term care facility; submitted claims for denture work on patients who did not have dentures; and also submitted claims for work on teeth that patients did not have, the warrant states.

In some instances, Betser billed Medicaid for visiting and treating patients while he, himself, was hospitalized, the warrant states.

According to the warrant, Betser was paid $25,661.82 for alleged false billings.

Betser was released on a $50,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on June 26, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding A Public Community is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Insurance Fraud is a class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General–Office of Investigations in Hartford, and the Rocky Hill Police Department.

The Office of the Attorney General announced today that it has filed a civil lawsuit against Betser concerning the alleged false billings.



Content Last Modified on 6/18/2014 3:27:47 PM