Hoverboard Dentist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Update February 2021:

Dr, Lookhart was sentenced to 12 years in prison for is convictions on charges including Medicaid fraud, embezzlement, reckless endangerment and unlawful dental acts. The State of Alaska is also seeking restitution of $2.2 million.

Original Story:

Many of us have heard about Dr. Seth Lookhart, the Alaska dentist who was on video showing him riding a hoverboard while extracting a tooth on a sedated patient.

As outlandish as this activity is, there seems to be more to the story. Dr. Lookhart is also accused of diverting over $250,000 from Alaska Dental Arts, the practice where he was working as an associate.

Information gathered by investigators from the State of Alaska’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in connection with some alleged Medicaid billing improprieties for IV sedation also suggested a plot between Dr. Lookhart and his office manager, Shauna Leigh Cranford, to bill some of their IV sedation work through a separate billing number and thus deprive the owners of the practice from their share of this revenue.

Shauna Cranford, who has also used the surnames Billings and Smith, was charged in 2017 for assault on a police officer.

Shauna Cranford

The State’s investigators obtained a search warrant to seize and copy the phones of Dr. Lookhart and Ms. Cranford, and found the following exchange of text messages where the intent to divert some of the revenue from the practice is quite clear.

Ms Cranford entered a guilty plea in October 2019 for pushing excessive and often needless intravenous sedation for Medicaid patients. Her sentencing is scheduled for February 3, 2020. 

12/29/2015 8:55:18 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Weird side question but could we start running some sedation through my personal medi number
Status: Read
12/29/2015 8:55:23 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I agree. We are not here to kick start ADA as an IV practice and provide all of the leg work
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 8:55:42 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Yes we could
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 8:56:32 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I can send claims through their website for Lookhart Dental LLC
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 8:57:42 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I know it might prevent me from coming at them for back taxes with a law suit but it might be worth it
Status: Read
12/29/2015 8:58:12 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Our office production would drop and it would draw far less attention to the office
Status: Read
12/29/2015 8:58:25 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Will they be able to track it
Status: Read
12/29/2015 8:58:33 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I want it untraceable
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:03:36 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
They can’t look at your claims at all and the check would go to your house. If you are billing procedures as well as the sedation, only bill under your LLC for ones that don’t require auth
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:05:17 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Like sedation
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:06:11 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
It would be only sedation and probably not all of them
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:06:21 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
How would it look through dentrix
Status: Read
(Note: Dentrix was the internal tracking program used by the clinic)
12/29/2015 9:11:10 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
We just wouldn’t flag them as sedation
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:11:37 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
And not put in the sedation charges
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:11:57 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
So it would look like you’re doing less sedation
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:18:01 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I’m surprised the power hasn’t gone out
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:31:08 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I think that’s what I’d like to do
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:31:50 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Even if we only do 50% of the sedations it will drop their production to a more “normal/reasonable” level
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:32:34 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I would keep a separate copy of the sedation records that you bill under yourself
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:32:46 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:32:57 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I can photocopy them and give them to you to store off site
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:33:33 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I guess they could catch on if they manually went through charts and saw scanned record and compared to the ledger and they weren’t showing there
Status: Read
Read: 12/29/2015 9:33:35 AM(UTC-9)
12/29/2015 9:34:11 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I don’t know that they are that smart
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:34:49 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I’m sure they aren’t
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:35:42 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
And as far as sedation goes it’s a pretty sure fire payment correct
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:35:56 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
As long as they are eligible
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:36:22 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
It pays out right away
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:51:49 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
How hard is it to set up?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:52:01 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
And what’s the fee for 9243?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:52:24 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Set up what? You are already set up
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:52:45 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
So it’s just start billing?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:52:50 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I would just have to login to their website and submit the codes manually through their portal
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:53:03 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Can they track that?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:53:45 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:53:56 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
They meaning BS?
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:54:08 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)

BS cannot track it
Status: Sent

(Note — BS is an acronym for the names of the owners of the practice_
12/29/2015 9:56:39 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:56:57 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Or anyone else
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:57:13 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Just Medicaid would know
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:57:42 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
The RA would get mailed to your house
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 9:57:57 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:58:00 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Let’s do it
Status: Read
12/29/2015 9:58:41 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Do we incrementally reduce volume or take a decent cut?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:01:19 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
That’s up to you.
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:02:26 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
A decent cut would draw some attention but you can have some excuse
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:03:03 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
An incremental reduction would likely go unnoticed until a certain level
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:05:40 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:05:47 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:06:07 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I would say our numbers shouldn’t not increase
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:07:41 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Lol it actually reminds me about a rant LJ had about the maid stealing his socks and undershirts. He compared it to attrition.
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:07:59 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
It was funny. The rant went on for like an hour
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:08:52 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Yes I agree or the numbers should be around the average for sedation. Like $40-$50k
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:09:26 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I would throw out our high of near $80k
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:10:47 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I would say within six months 50% get billed out under the cartel
Status: Read
(Note: Cranford and Lookhart often refer to their business and practices as “the cartel”)
12/29/2015 10:11:00 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:11:26 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Sounds good
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:12:12 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
I’ll check out the portal a little today. I’ve never used it for sending claims but was trained on it by Joan. It was simple enough
Status: Sent

12/29/2015 10:13:55 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:13:57 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:15:37 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
I would say we keep sedations around 25 a month under ak dental arts
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:16:19 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
And still keep a record on the sedation excel but may star those billed under the cartel
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:17:01 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
That’s around 20 sedations to ADA. So like month 1
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:19:13 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Wait what?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:20:22 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Over the last 6 months we have averaged around 40 sedations a month of say we keep around 25 going to BS and the remaining 15 to the cartel
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:20:59 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Got it. I thought you were talking $25k
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:21:26 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Or perhaps better to do a percentage so that it will naturally eb and flow
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:22:07 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
And I wouldn’t have a day sheet on the cartel cases correct?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:22:50 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
Correct. But I would make something so that tracking claims would be easier
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:23:18 AM(UTC-9), – (Shauna Cranford)
So you would have a day sheet. Just not a dentrix one
Status: Sent
12/29/2015 10:23:51 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:41:33 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Do you think 40% of sedations is reasonable and not noticeable
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:41:50 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Start with 15% for jan
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:42:09 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Then 25 for feb
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:42:16 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Then 35 for March
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:42:25 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
And 40 for April and forward?
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:42:30 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)
Looks great
Status: Read
12/29/2015 10:42:32 AM(UTC-9), – (Seth Lookhart)

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators determined that a total of $250,686 was billed to Medicaid and sent directly to Dr. Lookhart’s home address. Based on the 70% share that belonged to the practice, this suggests embezzlement of about $175,000.

Dr. Lookhart was convicted on 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud, as well as misdemeanor counts of illegally practicing dentistry and reckless endangerment.

For an excellent discussion of the many disturbing aspects of this affair, please see Dr. Michael Davis’ article in Dentistry Today titled “Hoverboard Dentist” Found Guilty of Medicaid Fraud”. It can be accessed here — https://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/5901-hoverboard-dentist-found-guilty-of-medicaid-fraud

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Misrepresentation When Selling Practice Results in Punitive Damages

Successful plaintiff Dr. Anne Fabricus

Did you know that Prosperident often provides support to attorneys who are involved in litigation matters for dentists? You can read about our litigation support services here

Here is an example of such a case:

A Cook County jury has awarded more than $500,000 to an Oak Park dentist who bought another dentist’s practice, then later learned that dentist defrauded patients and their insurance companies and inflated his revenue.

Plaintiffs Dr. Anne M. Fabricius and Oak Park Prosthodontics Ltd. sued Dr. Lawrence P. Smith, Corinne A. Smith and Distinctive Dental Services Ltd. in August 2014, alleging Lawrence Smith provided false and fraudulent patient information and financial records to Fabricius when she was interested in purchasing his dental practice.

The verdict, which was reached Friday after a trial before Cook County Associate Judge James E. Snyder, comprised $187,693 in compensatory damages, $309,051 in punitive damages and $90,186 in interest.

The verdict totaled $586,930.

Originally filed in the court’s Chancery Division, the case was transferred for trial to the Law Division in May.

Jurors found that Smith overstated his revenue to make his practice seem like more of a specialty operation than it actually was.

In her amended complaint filed in June 2015, Fabricius claimed she overpaid for Lawrence Smith’s practice because the purchase price was based on overstated revenues.

After obtaining a $775,000 loan, she took over the office and realized after meeting with her new patients that Smith would perform a simple procedure on a patient but bill as if it was a complex one.

Lawrence Smith countersued Fabricius and Oak Park Prosthodontics Ltd., claiming defamation and wrongful termination, both of which were voluntarily dismissed by Smith before trial.

Fabricius was represented by Duane Morris LLP partners John T. Schriver and Neville M. Bilimoria.

Schriver said the practice initially appealed to his client because the office was advertised as a high-end operation.

“She took over the practice and, for the first time, was able to look in patients’ mouths to see what he had actually done,” Schriver said.

She also said she would not have borrowed $775,000 from Bank of America to purchase Smith’s dental practice or entered into the lease in August 2013 had she been given accurate financial and patient information.

Schriver said his client feels vindicated after the three-year legal battle.

Carmen D. Caruso, a partner with the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm, represented the defendants.

He said while he appreciated the jurors’ service, he was disappointed with their verdict.

“We are reviewing Dr. Smith’s next steps,” Caruso said.

Oak Park Prosthodontics, Ltd., et al., v. Lawrence P. Smith, DDS, et al., 14 CH 1259

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This is why proper background checking is SO important — California dentist who is ordered not to practice uses identity theft to get hired as an associate

blankA dentist pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges alleging that she performed unnecessary work on several patients in Daly City and then altered a judge’s order and stole someone’s identity to seek other dental jobs during her pending court case, San Mateo County prosecutors said. Amishi Patel, 43, was a part-time dentist at Campus Heights Dental Care in Daly City, where she performed unnecessary dental work on at least eight patients between April 2014 and May 2015, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The case came to light when the family of a patient contacted the Dental Board of California, which contacted the state Department of Insurance, which contacted the district attorney’s office about the alleged insurance fraud, Wagstaffe said. Among the patients was a 16-year-old girl who Patel recommended receive 16 fillings. Patel performed eight of the fillings before the girl’s father became suspicious and took her for a second opinion, prosecutors said. Three subsequent dentists determined the girl had no signs of cavities, did not need any fillings and said the eight fillings from Patel were so poorly performed that they needed to be replaced, prosecutors said. Patel was charged this February for the cases in Daly City and a judge ordered her not to practice dentistry as a condition of her release on bail, but investigators eventually learned she had altered the order to make it appear that it had been rescinded days later, prosecutors said. Content retrieved from http://www.sfexaminer.com/bay-area-dentist-pleads-no-contest-performing-unnecessary-work-identity-theft/ She used the altered order to get temporary employment as a dentist in Fremont, where she treated four patients. Patel also called another dentist with a name similar to hers, pretending to be from a dental insurance company, and obtained the dentist’s license number that she then used to apply for several dental jobs in Fremont, including an interview attended by an undercover officer, prosecutors said. Those cases took place between June and July of this year, Wagstaffe said. Patel pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony insurance fraud, assault, identity theft and forgery on the condition that she receive a sentence of up to a year in county jail and a referral to mental health court, according to the district attorney’s office. “She got a very light sentence,” Wagstaffe said of the plea deal, adding that San Mateo County Superior Court Donald Ayoob “had leniency for her because he thinks there are mental issues there.” Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to five years in state prison for Patel. “We think the only mental issue is she’s a fraud,” Wagstaffe said. The case will return to court on Jan. 12 for an intake conference for the mental health court and to set a sentencing date. Patel’s defense attorney Jonathan McDougall was not immediately available for comment on the case.
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Dentist Accused of Arson to Collect Insurance Proceeds


RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — A Los Angeles-area dentist accused of conspiring to torch his Corona office to collect property insurance payouts is facing more than a dozen felony charges. Dr. Armen Shaant Megerdichian, 51, of Winnetka was arrested Monday and arraigned on 13 felony counts, including filing false insurance claims, concealing facts in the process of filing a claim and grand theft.

Megerdichian pleaded not guilty before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Emma Smith, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for July 11 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The doctor posted a $600,000 bond and was released from the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on Monday afternoon.

Megerdichian’s alleged co-conspirator, Jonas Borsca Jr. of Riverside, was arrested and charged last month with filing a fraudulent insurance claim and knowingly preparing a false claim Borsca posted a $35,000 bond and was released from custody prior to his scheduled arraignment.

Another defendant, 57-year-old Cornel Lucaci of Corona, is charged separately with arson, burglary, filing false insurance claims, grand theft, forgery and identity theft.

Lucaci is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. He’s scheduled to make a pretrial appearance Wednesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The defendants allegedly orchestrated an arson at the Parkridge Dental Spa on Parkridge Avenue in March 2014. The business not only offered dental services, but also therapeutic cosmetic treatments.

The total sum of insurance payments disbursed after the fire was unclear.

Corona Fire Department arson investigators turned up clues that the blaze had been intentionally set, but gathering and processing evidence to justify charges in the case took four years, authorities said.

According to the Dental Board of California, Megerdichian has an active license to practice dentistry. He has no documented prior felony convictions.

Borsca and Lucaci also have no documented priors in Riverside County.

Content Retrieved From: https://www.beckersdental.com/dentists/33835-california-dentist-accused-of-setting-fire-to-practice-to-collect-insurance-pay-out-now-faces-13-felony-charges.html

Ballantyne NC dentist charged with embezzlement, calls it a business dispute

blank Update September 2019: A jury has ordered Dr. Ghim to repay  $864,000 (including an amount of $171,314 specifically identified as for “embezzlement,”and a further $191,000 removed from the practice without authorization) to Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar, with whom he formerly practiced. Dr. Ghim had originally been charged criminally, but the charges were dismissed.  Dr. Sunar then sued Dr. Ghim.
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Original story: A South Charlotte dentist is scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg County Criminal District Court on Monday on an embezzlement charge. Dr. Steven Ghim is charged with felony embezzlement of more than $100,000, court records show. The offense date is listed in court records as Feb. 5, 2011. WSOC-TV reported Friday that Ghim is accused of embezzling $124,000 from his Blakeney practice for about 11 months between 2011 and 2012.
Content retrieved from http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article150266437.html#storylink=cpy
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Acquitted of murder charges, Kingston NY dentist goes to prison for perjury, insurance fraud

Kingston dentist Gilberto Nunez sentenced to 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Kingston dentist who was acquitted last year of killing his lover’s husband was sentenced on Tuesday to a maximum of seven years in state prison for numerous unrelated charges.

Gilberto Nunez, 49, of Poughkeepsie, was sentenced by Ulster County Judge Donald A. Williams for charges related to insurance fraud and lying on a pistol permit application. Williams called Nunez a “calculated liar” who has “shown absolutely no remorse.”

“You are devoid of any shame,” Williams said. “Tragically, and perhaps pathologically, you believe that society’s rules do not apply to you.

“Because I see no remorse, I see no chance of rehabilitation,” the judge said.

Nunez was convicted of a total of 12 felonies at three separate trials in Ulster County Court in 2016:

• During the spring trial at which he was acquitted of murdering Saugerties resident Thomas Kolman, Nunez was found guilty of two counts of perjury for having a fake CIA identification card on his computer and for giving Kolman’s wife, Linda, with whom Nunez was having an affair, a letter purporting to be from a CIA agent.

• In October, he was convicted of grand larceny, insurance fraud and falsifying business records, all related to an insurance claim he submitted after a February 2014 fire at a building he owned next to his dental office on Washington Avenue in Kingston. The jury agreed with the allegation that Nunez improperly received an $8,400 insurance payment for what he claimed was rent he lost due to the fire.

• And in November, he was found guilty of perjury, offering a false instrument, and filing an apparently false sworn statement for claiming on a pistol permit application that he never was terminated or discharged from employment or military service for cause. Nunez was discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 under “other than honorable conditions” after being absent without leave, or AWOL, for almost three years.

Williams sentenced Nunez to 1-1/3 to four years in prison for each of the convictions associated with the pistol permit application, to be served concurrently; and one to three years for each of the charges associated with the insurance claim, also to be served concurrently.

But the first and second sentences will be served consecutively, meaning the full term is 2-1/3 to seven years — with the minimum reduced to two years because of time Nunez already has spent in jail.blank

Nunez also was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail for the charges related to the fake CIA documents, but that sentence is to be concurrent with the others, so it doesn’t raise the total.

Orange County Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese, the special prosecutor at all three of Nunez’s trials, asked Williams to give Nunez the maximum allowable sentence for each charge and to make all of them run consecutively, which could have led to a maximum of 42 years in prison.

In arguing for the harsh sentence, Albanese said Nunez committed the crimes to manipulate others for his own benefit.

“He is truly evil,” she said. “Society deserves protection from his sociopathic, narcissistic behavior.”

Defense attorney Evan Lipton asked Williams to order just six months of jail time and five years of probation, the sentence recommended by the Ulster County Probation Department. Pointing to 130 letters sent to the court in support of Nunez, Lipton said the dentist is a respected member of the community.

Williams said that under other circumstances, the charges of which Nunez was convicted probably would have led to a plea bargain resulting in misdemeanor charges, and the judge scoffed at the suggestion by Albanese that all of the sentences run consecutively, or back to back.

Still, the judge had harsh words for Nunez.

“What these trials demonstrated is that he was an individual who was consumed, consumed by an illicit affair” and was “willing to do absolutely anything at all in order to promote his prurient interest,” the judge said.

Williams said the thing he found “most troubling” was the “eerie calm” Nunez displayed during the six hours of police interrogation about the death of Thomas Kolman, who Nunez claimed was his best friend.

“What struck this court … was how eerily calm you were through this interview,” the judge said to Nunez. “That eerie calm will never leave me.”

Nunez was charged with second-degree murder in October 2015 for Thomas Kolman’s November 2011 death. Prosecutors alleged the dentist killed the 44-year-old man by lacing a cup of coffee with a medical sedative so that Nunez could have Linda Kolman to himself.

The defense in the murder trial said Nunez had nothing to do with the death and that it could have been the result of a heart problem.

Nunez was freed from the Ulster County Jail on $1 million bail shortly after his murder arrest, but he was returned to the jail after his November conviction in the pistol permit case to await sentencing.

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After Assuming The Identity Of A Dead Colleague, NJ Dentist Received A $1.1 Million Fine

blank One New Jersey man sought to carry on the memory of a deceased dentist in a way that has landed him with a hefty bill. According to the New York Daily News, Roben Brookhim will face a $1.1 million fine for assuming the identity of  John Kirkland Jr. Brookhim, 58, reportedly issued bills to Medicaid under Kirkland’s identity at Associated Dental from 2005 to 2012. In addition to this million dollar fine, Brookhim is barred from practicing dentistry for 50 years. In a statement issued by the chief counsel of the Inspector General, Gregory Demske, Brookhim’s case will serve as a lesson to those who plan to follow in his illegal footsteps. “This case sends a strong warning that individuals who intentionally circumvent exclusion to defraud Federal health care programs face substantial consequences.” Demske adds that the 50-year ban is also “one of the longest exclusion periods ever imposed by our office.” Brookhim’s assumed motive for this incident stemmed from the indefinite loss of his practicing license in 2004. NJ.com reports that medical officials noticed issues with Brookhim’s billing methods, and decided to strip him of his license in 1999, but temporarily. It was revoked five years later when authorities uncovered that he was still practicing the same illegal methods.
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Ex-VA dentist gets two years of probation for stealing gold, equipment from clinic in Nebraska

blank A former Omaha dentist at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center was sentenced Thursday to two years on probation in the theft of precious metals and dental equipment from the facility.
U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom issued the sentence, which included a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, after Randall Toothaker, 59, pleaded no contest last month to theft of government property. He faced up to 10 years in prison.
Investigators say Toothaker took more than $16,000 worth of dental equipment and dental gold while working at the VA dental clinic in 2013. Officers searched his car outside the clinic and found a bag containing clinic property.
 Toothaker declined to comment, but his attorney, Alan Stoler, said his client was satisfied with the sentence.
“It’s a fair disposition of this case,’’ Stoler said.
Before Strom’s ruling, Stoler urged probation, telling the judge that Toothaker had compiled “an excellent career in dentistry.’’
“He (Toothaker) has been the subject of much ignominy,’’ Stoler said. “He’s willing to accept punishment from this court.’’
In December, Stoler told the court that Toothaker was working for a dental group in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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CT dentist gets prison term for embezzling from practice


February 05, 2004

The co-owner and vice president of a West Hartford dental practice was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay more than $340,000 he fraudulently diverted from the practice.

Dentist Jay L. Mestel, 43, of Weatogue, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September, told U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton that he has already made restitution to West Hartford Family Dentistry, federal officials said.

Arterton ordered Mestel to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on June 11. She also sentenced him to two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine and ordered him to file amended income tax returns.

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FL Dentist steals partner’s prescription pads to get oxycodone

blank A Lauderhill dentist is accused of using his business partner’s prescription pad to get oxycodone, officials said. Joseph Gorfien, a partner at dental practice Gorfien & Jacobsohn, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said that Gorfien used Henry Jacobsohn’s professional license information and prescription pads to forge and fill prescriptions for oxycodone without his partner’s knowledge. When a reporter called the dental practice Wednesday, a recorded message said the office was closed for the day. Gorfien is charged with 11 counts of purchase of oxycodone, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of criminal use of personal identification information. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
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