Dentist Charged With Defrauding Insurance Firms
A dentist was charged in federal court Wednesday with a fraudulent billing scheme in which insurance companies paid out tens of thousands of dollars for services never performed.
To avoid detection, federal prosecutors said, Julie Valentine used a mail drop to receive letters from the insurance companies to her patients seeking verification of services.
She also was accused of “upcoding"--billing for procedures that were more expensive than those actually performed.
Valentine is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.