Pennsylvania dentist hid practice income to fraudulently receive medical, food assistance, inspector says

A Pennsylvania dentist has been accused of falsely obtaining food and medical benefits by hiding the income from his dental practice, according to Penn Live.

The State Inspector General's office received documents from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medical Assistance Benefits that claim Joseph Ciampa, DDS, failed to disclose his income from practicing dentistry.

Dr. Ciampa allegedly applied for benefits in Dauphin and Philadelphia in November 2014. On his application, the dentist claimed to be unemployed or working at an auto shop. Investigators claim Dr. Ciampa failed to report the $616,240 he collected in insurance claim reimbursement between 2015 and 2018.

Between January 2015 and February 2019, Dr. Ciampa received $25,546 in public benefits.

The dentist has been charged with fraudulently obtaining SNAP benefits and fraudulently obtaining medical assistance.

Dr. Ciampa's hearing is scheduled for July 25.

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