Dentist indicted for $1 million fraud scheme
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California dentist has been indicted for allegedly orchestrating a complicated scheme through which he defrauded a health care plan of more than $1 million for unnecessary dental work.
United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced in a statement Thursday that a federal grand jury had returned an 18-count indictment against 60-year-old David M. Lewis of Sacramento.
Lewis is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and mail fraud and 17 counts of health care fraud.
Citing court documents, Wagner said that in 2008 or 2009, Lewis began targeting United Parcel Service workers for dental treatment because their health plan offered 100 percent coverage with no annual limits.
Lewis is accused of offering cash to patients for receiving treatment and for performing unnecessary work on healthy teeth.
It wasn't immediately clear who Lewis' attorney was.