Fairfield dentist charged with Medicaid fraud

Fairfield – A dentist, sentenced to three years in jail for illegally prescribing painkillers in 2008, was in trouble with the law again after he allegedly collected almost $100,000 in Medicaid payments he was barred from receiving, according to the Connecticut State Attorney’s Office.

Paul Dengelegi, 51, was arrested Wednesday by inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Insurance Fraud, according to a release.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Social Services alleging that Dengelegi billed for Medicaid services while he was excluded from the program.

Dengelegi was excluded from the program in in August 2009, but between April and October 2011 improperly submitted 989 claims and was paid $94,792.84, warrants state.

Dengelegi was released on a $100,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, G.A. No. 14, on June 26, 2014. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

In 2008 Dengelegi was found guilty of prescribing illegal prescriptions for painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet, Oxycodone and others.

Fausto Giovanny Pinto