Ex-Illinois dental clinic operator to pay $1M, serve 4+ years in prison for Medicaid fraud

A former Springfield, Ill., dental clinic operator was ordered to pay $1,139,794 in restitution and serve four years and nine months in prison for running multiple fraud schemes, according to an Oct. 10 Department of Justice news release.

Pamela Van Drie and her husband were found guilty in February of 40 indictment charges, including Medicaid fraud, failing to pay the Internal Revenue Service and illegally collecting unemployment benefits.

The couple owned All About Smiles, which provided dental services for clinics in the Springfield area. The company provided $50 mouth pieces and then billed Medicaid for $700 "speech aid prosthesis." Clinics operated by Ms. Van Drie also submitted claims to Medicaid for care provided to patients who didn't qualify. Ms. Van Drie collected $885,748 from these schemes.

The couple also withheld payroll taxes from employees' paychecks but never paid it to the IRS. Ms. Van Drie received $3,520 in fraudulent unemployment benefits.

Ms. Van Drie must self-surrender by Dec. 4, according to court records. Her husband has not been sentenced yet, but faces up to 15 years in prison.

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