Washington, DC-area dentist, dental hygienist charged with healthcare fraud

Steven Price, DDS, a dentist, and Heidi Moore, a dental hygienist, were charged with healthcare fraud, conspiracy and wire fraud charges. 

Dr. Price and Ms. Moore worked at The Washington Smile Center in Washington, D.C. From January 2017 to March 2022, Dr. Price and Ms. Moore filed false claims to D.C. Medicaid, claiming services that were not provided, according to an April 20 news release from the District of Columbia Attorney's Office. 

The claims submitted totaled more than $4 million. In some instances, patients were alleged to have been provided with more than 30 clinical crown lengthening procedures and more than 20 space maintainers, the release said. 

The charges include conspiracy and wire fraud, maximum of 20 years in prison; healthcare fraud, maximum of 10 years; and false statements relating to a healthcare matter, five years. The charges also carry potential financial penalties.

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