There’s nothing more aggravating than egregious examples of fraud in federal programs designed to benefit our most needy citizens.
This unconscionable gaming of the welfare system — and abuse of taxpayers’ funds — hit home recently with the sentencing of a Chelmsford dentist for his role in a $550,000 Medicaid fraud scheme.
U.S. District Court Judge Margaret Guzman earlier this month ordered Dr. Scott Cale, 68, to serve 18 months in prison — less than the three years sought by prosecutors — and one year of supervised release after he pleaded guilty in April to his willful participation in committing health-care fraud.
The sentencing came more than three years after Cale was indicted in 2020. As part of his sentence, he also must pay $1.1 million in restitution.
Cale’s 2020 arrest came after prosecutors said he was involved in a scheme from 2014 to 2018 to help another dentist circumvent his exclusion from MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid system.