it seems a fall river dentist was using paper clips to make his own posts for use in root canals, then billing medicaid for the full price of the actual part. not a bad bit of doctor evil-ry, in my opinion. unfortunately for the junkyard dentist, he got busted.
if you are unfamiliar with the whole root canal thing, webmd has a great article on what it is and how its done. but the relevant bit here is that in some cases where the tooth is badly decayed, the practitioner will use a post to make the tooth sit straight. these posts are supposed to be some kind of surgical steel. they are not supposed to be made from paper clips by some dumbass with a pair of pliers.
so while our hero was shoving bottom grade corrosion prone crap metal into the gums of unsuspecting patients, he was also billing medicaid for the full price of the part that should have gone in there. the attorney general seems to think he robbed medicaid for about $130,000, which seems hardly worth the hassle when we’re talking about dentist money. but that’s not all. he was suspended from billing medicaid years earlier. instead of just giving up and moving on, he hired more dentists and started using their numbers to bill medicaid. pure genius.
if he had been able to think clearly instead of being so damned greedy, he could have started his own root canal post pyramid scheme. all he would have to do is recruit more dentists, ave them cut the paper clips, use their numbers for medicaid, then have them recruit more dentists who will then repeat the process and share their earnings up the pyramid. sort of like those work-from-home salesman who keep products in stock but spend all of their time mass emailing success stories.
so now he’s got a nice rack of charges including assault and battery, larceny, and submitting false claims to medicaid. but to add a little icing to the felony cake, he is also being charged with illegally writing prescriptions. after all, what good is being a cold hard criminal if you can’t have a little fun with the ‘script pad? oh wait.. he already has all of that awesome happy gas. well, not any more.