According to a recent report from WMFY News in Greensboro, North Carolina, a dentist admitted to massive health care fraud.
Thursday, the US Attorney's Office accepted a plea deal with Tung Thai Nguyen. Nguyen pleaded guilty to health care fraud charges in connection with false claims submitted to Medicaid.
Dr. Nguyen, 40, pleaded guilty, in A Winston-Salem federal court room, to two counts of violating health care fraud and one count of violating 18 false entries in a matter involving a health care benefit program.
According to documents filed in Court, Dr. Nguyen submitted claims to the Medicaid program for dental restorations not actually performed. Dr. Nguyen also submitted a claim to the Medicaid program for the installation of one type of partial denture when he actually furnished a less expensive and different partial denture to the patient.
Nguyen will be sentence in February 2012. He faces the maximum possible penalty for a health care fraud violation, which is not more than ten years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release not to exceed three years. The maximum possible penalty for a false entry violation is not more than five years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release not to exceed three years.
The Court may also order the defendant to pay restitution to the health care benefit program.
The case was investigated by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the North Carolina Attorney General's Medicaid Investigations Unit and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Hamilton.
Below are the Indictment and Plea Agreement.
Dentist Nguyen Plea
Dentist Nguyen Indictment