40 Month Sentence for L.A. Dentist in $3.8 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

by Andrew Murray | June 10th, 2019

On June 6, 2019, The Department of Justice announced that a Los Angeles dentist received a 40-m0nth sentence stemming from his participation in a fraud scheme that involved billing insurance carriers for dental services that were never performed. The Press Release states:

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Benjamin Rosenberg, D.D.S., 59, of Los Angeles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California, who also ordered Rosenberg to pay $1,414,011.59 in restitution.  Rosenberg pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2019, to one count of health care fraud.

As part of his guilty plea, Rosenberg admitted that he submitted and caused to be submitted approximately $3,853,931 in false and fraudulent claims to various insurance companies for dental care that he knew had not been rendered.  Rosenberg further admitted that he submitted these false and fraudulent claims to Denti- Cal (California Medi-Cal Dental Program), Metlife, Anthem, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, LMCO-DHA, United Healthcare and United Concordia (the carriers), which caused the carriers to pay Rosenberg approximately $1,415,011.

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