The Indiana Attorney General's Office filed charges against the owner of an Indianapolis dental practice for allegedly overbilling Medicaid. Prosecutors said dentist Shadrach Gonqueh repeatedly billed Medicaid for numerous procedures when only a single procedure was billable.
Indiana-based Anderson Dental Clinic dentist Paul Pangallo was sentenced Monday to serve at least 60 days of in-home detention for his involvement in defrauding Medicaid. Pangallo, who pleaded guilty in February, used the Medicaid provider number of another dentist to submit claims between 2010 and 2013, records show. Pangallo was also ordered to pay $8,179.18 in restitution. Anderson Dental's owner, Sally Metzner, and most of the other defendants in the case have made plea deals.
Indiana will expand Medicaid eligibility through a plan called Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, which will require some cost sharing. Coverage will begin Feb. 1 and includes dental and vision benefits for people who pay a share of premiums.
A woman who formerly owned Anderson Dental Clinic in Indianapolis has been sentenced to four years of prison plus four years of probation. Sally Metzner pleaded guilty to charges including Medicaid fraud, forgery and practicing dentistry without a license. Metzner will begin serving the prison sentence after completing her two-year federal prison term for tax evasion.
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