AVON – State Police arrested the owner and operator of Avon Family Dentistry on felony charges for illegally upcharging dental crowns and alowing uncertified assistants to work on patients.
According to a joint press release from Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey and the New York State Police, Dr. Michael Oros was arrested for felony Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and felony Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice, pursuant to Education Law.
“Fraud related to Medicare and health insurance claims needlessly drives up the cost of health care for honest, hard-working New Yorkers,” said New York State Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo. “The Department of Financial Services is pleased to work with District Attorney McCaffrey in helping prosecute this case.”
The charges allege that Oros engaged in an up-coding scheme where he would order lower cost dental crowns but then bill for and receive payment for higher cost crowns. This pattern of conduct is alleged to have occurred over a period of years. The charges further allege that Dr. Oros allowed an uncertified dental assistant to engage in unauthorized treatment of various patients, to include the creation of Occlusal night guards.
The arrest stems from a joint investigation conducted by the New York State Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the New York State Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigations Bureau, the New York State Police, Avon Police Chief Gary Benedict and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.
Avon Family Dentistry’s Facebook page has four ‘reviews,’ the oldest of which was 4 years ago and the most recent of which was about 3 months ago.
“Family atmosphere. Knowledgeable dentist and caring staff!” posted one reviewer, who rated the practice ‘5 stars.’
“The staff is amazing and SO good with all my kids!!” posted another, also giving a ‘5 star’ review. The other two reviews gave Avon Family Dentistry 4 and 3 stars.
Avon Village Justice Peter Piampiano arraigned Oros and released him on his own recognizance, with no bail required. Oros will answer the charges in court again at a later date.