Dentist Will Pay Over $1.7M for Violating Connecticut’s False Claims Act

by Andrew Murray | January 16th, 2020

Connecticut’s Attorney General announced the Superior Court’s decision on December 13, 2019. The Press Release states:

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Following a seven day trial held in Hartford, the court found that from May 2014 to May 2015 Dr. Agadjanian knowingly presented numerous claims for payment for dental work that were never provided to state Medicaid patients, that he knew these claims were false or fraudulent, that he created false records material to the claims, and that he did this in order to obtain payment.

The court ordered that he pay treble damages, along with a civil penalty of $1.5 million. The court assessed penalties at the maximum of the penalty range for reasons including Dr. Agadjanian failing to provide essential dental services tho which the patients were entitled, he victimized a population of handicapped individuals, his conduct was persistent and egregious, and he failed to accept responsibility for his wrongdoing.

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Dr. Agadjanian was enrolled as a dental provider in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP), which includes the state’s Medicaid program – from May 2009 to May 2015. The Connecticut Department of Social Services, the administering agency for CMAP, terminated Dr. Agadjanian’s provider agreement.

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