Greensboro, NC-- A former Dentist is going to prison after pleading guilty to health care fraud in federal court.
In January, 46 year-old Sassan Bassiri of Pfafftown pleaded guilty to three counts of health care fraud in connection to a scheme to defraud the NC State Medicaid program, according to the US Attorney's Office for Middle District of NC.
Investigators said violations included fraudulent billing to Medicaid for cast metal dentures, when less expensive dentures were actually provided. It also included billing Medicaid for extensive oral examinations when the patient actually received non-billable or previously-reimbursed services.
Bassiri was sentenced to five months in prison, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $68,795.65 in restitution to the Medicaid program.
He will be on supervised release for two years after he serves his prison time.
Bassiri license to practice dentistry in North Carolina was revoked two years ago, on April 18, 2011.