Wisconsin dentist charged with health care fraud sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison

Scott Charmoli, a Grafton resident who worked as a dentist at a practice in the Washington County village of Jackson has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for purposefully damaging the teeth of several patients during hundreds of crown procedures. He was also ordered to pay over $1 million in forfeiture.

Charmoli previously practiced at Jackson Family Dentistry. He worked in the community for over 28 years. He was the sole owner and dentist working at the business. Charmoli was first indicted on charges of health care fraud and false statements relating to health care matters in December 2020.

In 2015, Charmoli began his scheme to defraud dental insurance companies into paying for unnecessary crown procedures. He “aggressively” sold crowns to patients and then intentionally broke their teeth with his drill to have insurance companies pay for the crowns, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Evidence at trial showed that Charmoli performed far more crowns than most dentists in Wisconsin, ranking in, or above, the 95th percentile of crowns performed each year from 2016 to 2019.

The evidence also showed that Charmoli billed over $4.2 million for crown procedures between 2016 and 2019 and that he performed more than 700 crowns each year from 2015 to 2019. In 2015 and 2016, Charmoli performed over 1,000 crown procedures.

Source: Dentist charged with health care fraud sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison / Biz Times

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  • That this occurs is an attestation to how poorly run the medical system is in this country.
    I doubt there will be much in the way of lasting punishment for the perpetrators. They will cop a deal with the second poorest run entity in the country, the legal system.

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