Wisconsin dentist closes his practice amid allegations he charged fees against no-show patients

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A voice recording at La Petite Dentistry in Hudson, Wisc., indicates the practice is permanently closed. This comes after owner Andy Mancini, DDS, was hit with four misdemeanor charge, according to the River Falls Journal.

Along with the misdemeanor charges, the state issued a civil suit against Dr. Mancini. The state alleges Dr. Mancini filed false Medicaid claims and is seeking a monetary judgement. Investigators allege the dentists submitted claims for medically unnecessary work, unperformed procedures and procedures performed by unlicensed staff.

Investigators believe an unlicensed staff member performed 15 sealant procedures that he or she was not licensed to perform. Additionally, investigators allege Dr. Mancini submitted 219 false claims for medically unnecessary procedures, including a few procedures on teeth that needed to be pulled.

One of Dr. Mancini's patients alleges the dentist sexually harassed and sexually assaulted her. She told investigators Dr. Mancini repeatedly called her through an unknown number to get her to come to his office.

Dr. Mancini was charged with three counts of misdemeanor phone threats and one count of misdemeanor obstructing an officer. He plead not guilty to all charges. A one-day trial is set for Aug. 13.

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