A Rockville woman was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison for defrauding the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program out of more than $813,000 through false billing, authorities said.
Mahsa Azimirad, 41, was the office manager for Universal Smiles, a D.C.-based dental practice, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for D.C.
Azimirad was indicted in January 2019, along with Bilal Ahmed, the dentist who ran the practice, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office. Azimirad pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in May 2021 to health care fraud.
The press release says Azimirad and Ahmed defrauded D.C. Medicaid, a health care benefits program, by billing for thousands of provisional crowns even though “a significant number” were not provided to patients.