Tennessee dentist sentenced 33 months for $1M healthcare fraud case


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U.S. District Court Judge Waverly Crenshaw sentenced a former Murfreesboro, Tenn., dentist to 33 months in prison for his role in a $1 million healthcare fraud scheme, according to the Daily News Journal.

Richard Schott, DDS, was sentenced on June 7 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. The dentist had asked the judge for a maximum 18-month sentence while prosecutors sought for four years.

Dr. Schott forced his employees at Murfreesboro Dental Excellence to submit false claims between November 2013 and January 2018, which totaled to $956,448, according to the report.

After Dr. Schott pleaded guilty to fraud in January, he sold his practice of forfeited his dental license. He had been practicing for nearly 20 years.

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