CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston dentist has agreed to pay $738,000 in restitution and $2.2 million in treble damages for fraudulently billing Medicaid for procedures he didn’t perform on patients and for more involved services than he provided.
According to federal prosecutors, 58-year-old Antoine Skaff, who pleaded guilty to health care fraud, has also entered a civil settlement with state and federal authorities for five years of double billing and upcoding.
They say Medicaid paid Skaff $172 eacj for extracting 7,490 teeth that were falsely billed as impacted teeth, instead of the usual $80 for a simple extraction.
He also billed twice for removing the same teeth for some patients.
He could face up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in November.