Pennsylvania dentist pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, to pay $1.5M in restitution: 5 notes


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Pennsylvania dentist Ilya Babiner, DDS, pled guilty to Medicaid fraud and tampering with public recordings, according to Fox 43.

Here are five notes.

1. Dr. Babiner illegally submitted $1.5 million worth of claims to Medicaid. He submitted claims for work he never performed.

2. Investigators were informed of Dr. Babiner's billing practices two years ago after the dentist submitted claims for a crown restoration and other serious dental work for a majority of patients.

3. Dr. Babiner also used an alphabetical billing process that tipped off investigators. During stretches of time, patients with the same beginning letter of their last name would all have the same claims submitted.

4. Along with the $1.5 million restitution payment, Dr. Babiner's Pennsylvania license was revoked. He will not be able to earn his license back for seven years.

5. Dr. Babiner is also barred from participating in state and federally funded healthcare programs for five years. He must complete 500 hours of community service and pay an addition $15,000 fine.

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