Tennessee dentist ordered to pay back nearly $1M in insurance fraud scheme


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A federal judge on May 2 ordered a Murfreesboro, Ten., dentist to forfeit nearly $1 million, which he collected by committing insurance fraud, according to the Daily News Journal.

Richard Schott, DDS, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Prosecutors claimed the dentist collected $932,839 in false claims along with his employee Kendra Glenn, who is scheduled for a jury trial in December.

Investigators said Dr. Schott forced employees to submit false claims between November 2013 and January 2018. The dentist allegedly continued to commit insurance fraud after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation warned Dr. Schott they were looking into his office's practices.

Dr. Schott allegedly disciplined and fired employees who questioned his billing practices or failed to lie to insurance companies, the Daily News Journal reports.

After Dr. Schott surrendered his license in January, he was ordered to pay $14,000. Dr. Schott has since sold his practice and is expected to pay restitution on top of money he already has paid to the state. His hearing is slated for June 7.

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