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June 7, 2017

State reaches settlement with Stamford-based dentist

A Stamford-based dentist will be excluded from participation in the state's Medicaid program for 10 years and will agree not to renew his expired dental license as part of a settlement resolving allegations he engaged in a scheme to submit false claims for dental services provided to residents of long-term care facilities in the state.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

Dr. Georgy Betser and his wife, Irina Betser, and their companies – Advanced Dental Office and Laboratory, G. Betser, DDS LLC; Dental Laboratory Advanced Management and Billing LLC; and Mobile Management & Billing of USA LLC. – have agreed to forfeit $755,956.30 in payments suspended by DSS to resolve the state False Claims Act violations alleged against them. Betser has also agreed that he will not seek renewal of his now-expired Connecticut dental license, the state said.

Additionally, the defendants have entered into a suspension agreement with DSS in which they have agreed to be excluded from participation in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) – which includes the state's Medicaid program and is administered by DSS – for 10 years.

The Office of the Attorney General began an investigation after referral from the DSS Office of Quality Assurance in February 2013. The AGl filed a civil lawsuit against the defendants alleging violations of the state False Claims Act in June 2014.

The attorney general's complaint alleged that from October 2009 to June 2014, the defendants purportedly provided services to dental patients enrolled in the CMAP. The patients were typically residents at long-term care facilities, and bills submitted by the defendants specified that the dental services were performed at the various facilities. The complaint further alleged that the defendants billed CMAP for dental services, including cavity fillings, that were never provided and for dentures that were improperly made and packaged, rendering them unusable.

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