James R. Dye, 66, of Independence, Missouri waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with health care fraud.
In his plea, Dye admitted to conspiring with two others, who operated clinics under the name All About Smiles and contracted with Dye to work at the All About Smiles dental clinics in Springfield and Mountain Grove. All About Smiles, which has now closed all of its clinics, also paid for the services of three other dentists; they are neither charged nor identified in court documents.
By pleading guilty today, Dye admitted that he and his co-conspirators purchased orthodontic appliances, known as Ortho-Tain, for approximately $50 each. The Ortho-Tain device, which Dye prescribed to child patients, was an orthodontic appliance designed to straighten teeth without braces. However, Dye and his co-conspirators billed each appliance to Medicaid as a speech aid prosthesis for approximately $695 (the maximum allowed).