San Diego dentist faces 75 counts of insurance fraud

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A San Diego dentist was charged June 10 with 75 insurance fraud counts for allegedly billing various insurance companies for procedures never performed, according to local Fox5SanDiego.com.

Prosecutors claim April Ambrosio, DDS, collected more than $300,000 from insurance companies for dental procedures that never happened, including more than 600 root canals.

Dr. Ambrosio allegedly filed insurance claims for 28 root canals on a single patient. Insurance claims also indicate that the dentist performed more than 100 root canals over a three-month period on a family of four, Fox5SanDiego.com reports.

Although Dr. Ambrosio allegedly collected $300,000, the dentist billed eight insurance companies for nearly $600,000, the California Department of Insurance said.

Dr. Ambrosio pleaded not guilty to all 75 counts on June 10. She is scheduled to return to court Sept. 5. If convicted, Dr. Ambrosio faces up to 83 years in prison.

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