Connecticut settles false claims case against New Haven dentist

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Thursday announced a $252,913 settlement with New Haven dentist Robert Sorrentino to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for oral surgery and maxillofacial services to the Medicaid program.

The settlement was reached jointly with the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office following an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General/Office of Investigations, according to a release. The investigation followed a referral from the Connecticut Department of Social Services’ Office of Quality Assurance.

“Robert Sorrentino falsely overcharged the Medicaid program for dental services and procedures he did not perform,” Tong said in the release. “This settlement sends a message that the Office of the Attorney General will vigorously pursue such fraud to deter future bad acts and protect taxpayer-funded healthcare programs.”

DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said this settlement is further evidence that DSS investigators and “our state and federal partners are intent on rooting out abuse and fraud wherever we find it in the Medicaid program.”

Source: CT settles false claims case against New Haven dentist / New Haven Register

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