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Maine dentist agrees to pay $90K for false claims

May 3, 2017 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Maine dentist has entered into an agreement to pay $90,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to the state’s Medicaid program.

Acting U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy says Joseph Griffin made the false claims in 2014 and 2015. A civil complaint charged that he violated the state and federal False Claims Act by submitting claims of more than $160,000 to MaineCare for dental services that were either not rendered, were medical unnecessary or were inadequately documented.

Prosecutors say the settlement reflects Griffin’s inability to repay the full amount. He has retired from dentistry. He practiced in Damariscotta.