New York dentist agrees to pay $9M to settle claims of hiring uncertified employees


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New York City-based Diamond Braces settled a lawsuit that alleged the dental group hired uncertified employees to treat patients, according to Patch.

The lawsuit claimed Diamond Braces then sent the bills to Medicaid. Oleg Drut, DDS, the owner of Diamond Braces, agreed to pay $9 million. Diamond Braces' 19 locations must also retain an independent monitor.

Of the $9 million, $4.5 million will go toward restitution to Medicaid while the other $4.5 million is from penalties. An investigation found no patients were harmed from the uncertified employees.

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