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CP orthodontist gets 50 months in Medicaid fraud scheme

Updated: May 11, 2013 6:37AM



A Crown Point orthodontist who also practiced in Texas will serve 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding that state’s Medicaid program of $2.8 million.

Dr. Michael David Goodwin, 63, must also pay $1.8 million in restitution and forfeit another $1.8 million in proceeds and money seized from his bank accounts, according to a release.

Goodwin, who lists an office at 11045 Broadway in Crown Point, was charged in U.S. District Court in Amarillo, Texas, in August with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 10 counts of health care fraud. Goodwin would practice two weeks in his Amarillo office and then two weeks out of his Crown Point office.

However, he told his Amarillo dental assistants to continue working when he wasn’t there and to perform activities they weren’t allowed to, such as making changes to a patient’s treatment plan. They would book about 100 patients a day, and he would instruct them to focus on Medicaid patients.

He would the bill Medicaid for these services.

The scheme ran from January 2008 to March 2011. He did hire substitute dentists starting in April 2009, but these dentists still did not oversee the work of the dental assistants, according to the release.



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