STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford-based dentist has reached a settlement with the state after allegations that he submitted false claims for dental services provided to residents of long-term care facilities.
As part of the settlement, Georgy Betser will be excluded from participating in the state's Medicaid program for 10 years, and will agree not to renew his expired dental license. The settlement was announced by Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.
Betser and his wife, Irina Betser, and their companies have agreed to forfeit $755,956.30 in payments suspended by the DSS in order to resolve allegations against them that they violated the state False Claims Act.
According to the complaint against the Betsers, from October 2009 to June 2014 they purportedly provided services to dental patients enrolled in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program. The patients were typically residents at long-term care facilities, and bills submitted by the Betsers specified that the services were performed at the various facilities. The complaint says that they billed CMPA for dental services such as fillings that were never performed, and for dentures that were improperly made and packaged, rendering them unusable.
An investigation was launched in February 2013, and the Attorney General filed a civil lawsuit against the two in June 2014 alleging violations of the state False Claims Act.
"Medicaid providers who choose to participate in the CMAP have a lawful obligation to ensure that they are in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and are truthful when they submit claims for payment for services to the Medicaid program," Jepsen said. "This provider preyed upon the most vulnerable of our Medicaid population – our seniors who reside in nursing homes. We will continue to work hard to hold accountable those who seek to defraud our taxpayer-funded healthcare programs."