Unlicensed dentist from N.J. sentenced in $2M medical insurance fraud scheme

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A Roselle man working as an unlicensed dentist in New York was sentenced Friday to 2 years in federal jail in a medical insurance fraud scheme that bilked greater than $2 million from insurance coverage suppliers.

Luis Omar Vargas was convicted following a two-week trial final 12 months within the rip-off for billing false claims, billing for claims masking work he did as an unlicensed dentist and for conspiring to pay kickbacks to his sufferers.

“Luis Omar Vargas and his co-defendants devised a scheme to defraud insurance coverage corporations by charging them for providers by no means carried out,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. Lawyer in Manhattan, mentioned in an announcement. “As well as, Vargas, who shouldn’t be a licensed dentist, charged insurance coverage corporations for providers he was not even licensed to carry out. Now Vargas will spend time in jail for his monetary crimes.”

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Vargas was additionally ordered to pay practically $1 million in restitution and serve two years of supervised launch, in accordance with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

As a part of the scheme that ran from 2012 to November 2017, Vargas persuaded sufferers to be seen at a dental clinic on Manhattan’s Higher West Facet by providing them a $25 money kickback, in accordance with federal authorities. Vargas and his accomplices billed insurance coverage corporations for providers that have been by no means executed and for dental work that Vargas was not licensed to conduct.

Two others, licensed dentist Dr. Mehmet Dikengil, 71, and Anna Jones, 60, beforehand pleaded responsible within the scheme.

Noah Cohen could also be reached at ncohen@njadvancemedia.com. Observe him on Twitter @noahyc. Discover NJ.com on Fb.

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