Stamford dentist charged with Medicaid fraud

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Georgy Betser. Contributed photo.

A Stamford dentist operating a mobile clinic that provided dental services to seniors in nursing homes around the state and claimed to have seen scores of patients –up to 87 in a single day – was charged Wednesday with Medicaid fraud.

Georgy Betser, 71, of 1250 Summer St., was charged by the State Division of Criminal Justice with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and insurance fraud. He was released after posting a $50,000 court appearance bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges at state Superior Court in Hartford on June 26.

According to his 13-page arrest affidavit, in July 2010 a complaint containing concerns about Betser’s questionable dental services and fraudulent billing was forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice and the state Department of Social Services by Assistant Attorney General Robert Teitelman.

An investigation by an inspector of the Division of Criminal Justice revealed that over a two month period in late 2012 and early 2013, Betser allegedly billed Medicaid and the Department of Social Services $25,661 for dental services never rendered, the affidavit said.

After processing and paying huge bills from Betser in early 2013, the Department of Social Services on Feb. 12 that year issued a “payment suspension” to Bester telling him that there were credible allegations of fraud against him.

The notice was sent after Betser, who owned and ran Advanced Dental LLC on Summer Street, submitted a claims report for Jan. 31, 2013 billing Medicaid $17,759 for providing 261 dental procedures on 71 patients at four different locations in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain and New Milford on that single day.

But when the investigator went to the Bridgeport nursing home and checked the records of each of the 36 residents Betser was supposed to have seen, there was no indication that he had been there or seen any of them, even though he billed Medicaid $5,682 for the services he performed there that day.

At a the Hartford nursing home an investigator checked the records of the 31 residents he claimed to have seen that day and determined that Betser only saw 11 of them and overcharged Medicaid $6,714 for services he did not provide.

In New Britain, Betser claimed to have seen two residents at the nursing home there that day and charged $148, but nothing in their records indicated they had any dental services performed, the affidavit said.

At the nursing home in New Milford Betser claimed to have seen a single resident that day, but the investigator determined the person was not seen, leading to a fraudulent bill of $100.

The investigator said that for that single day Bester was paid $12,645 for services he never performed.

Four days later, Betser, who was first licensed to perform dentistry in Connecticut in 2006, billed Medicaid $11,414 after claiming to see 87 patients on Feb. 4, 2013 and performing 225 procedures in nursing homes in East Hartford and New Haven.

Investigators determined that at the East Hartford location Betser billed for 27 patients, but when the investigator checked the patient records he found that one of the patients Bester said he saw was in hospice care, was not breathing well and died that same day. The investigator determined Bester saw none of the 27 patients he billed for that day and determined the $3,102 charge to be fraudulent.

As far as the 60 residents Betser billed for at the New Haven nursing facility, patient records confirmed that Bester only saw 12 and over billed Medicaid $4,654 for services he did not provide, the affidavit said.

 

 

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