1.2M In Fraudulent Medicaid Claims Results In Prison Time For Dentist

GREENBELT, MD — A 70-year-old Silver Spring dentist was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, according to court documents. He was also ordered to pay more that $1.2 million in restitution to Medicaid.

Edward T. Buford III pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and healthcare fraud in connection with a scheme to file fraudulent Medicaid claims for dental services to Medicaid beneficiaries.

A licensed dentist in Washington, D.C., Buford enlisted the help of Medicaid beneficiaries to carry out the scheme by paying them kickbacks and bribes, according to court documents

Buford admitted in court that from January 2013 to May 2018 he submitted a number of fraudulent claims to Medicaid for a variety of dental services, such as dentures. He paid kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries to submit claims to International Dental Associates, Inc. a D.C. dental clinic he owned and where he served as CEO.

Source: 1.2M In Fraudulent Medicaid Claims Results In Prison Time For Dentist / Patch

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