Shreveport dentist charged with defrauding Medicaid program
SHREVEPORT, LA — A Shreveport dentist has been charged with fraudulently billing the state’s Medicaid program for services that were never rendered, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
Charles S. Williams, Jr., 48, surrendered to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for arrest on Tuesday. Williams, a provider of dental services through the Louisiana Medicaid Program since 1991, was charged with 16 counts of Medicaid Fraud for intentionally presenting fraudulent claims.
The charges stem from a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Investigators found that Williams repeatedly billed the Medicaid Program from August 2008 to July 2009 for services not rendered. These services included impressions, bone and gum grafts, excision of gum flaps, and other oral surgeries. Williams was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to combat fraud and provide oversight for the Medicaid program. To report suspected Medicaid fraud, please contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 888-799-6885.