Tennessee dentist sentenced to prison for conspiring to commit healthcare fraud

A dentist in Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud, the Justice Department reported March 10.

Clarence Nabers, DDS, conspired to submit more than 6,700 fraudulent claims to three healthcare benefit programs. This resulted in a $249,600 loss for those programs, according to the release.

The fraudulent claims said that Dr. Nabers either personally performed or supervised several dental procedures in his office. These procedures were instead performed by dental hygienists or assistants when he was not present.

The start date of the conspiracy is unknown, but it lasted until at least Nov. 1, 2018.

In addition to his prison sentence, Dr. Nabers must serve six months of home detention and one year on supervised release, and pay $249,600 in restitution and a $22,128 fine.

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