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Dentist Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud for Using Paper Clips For Root Canals

Luckily, I have never had a root canal but after reading about this I will think twice before going to a dentist.  I understand that people cut corners to save money, but when you are a licensed dentist, people trust you with their mouths.  It is unthinkable that a dentist would use paper clips to fix your teeth.

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According to Fox News:

A former dentist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using sections of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals in an effort to save money.

Michael Clair,  is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation charges.

Some of Clair’s patients reported infections after he performed root canals on them, said Grant Woodman, a spokesman for state Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office prosecuted Clair.

Don’t these people take an oath when they become dentists.  Stories like this disgust me, because people could have been seriously hurt or could have died due to this man’s actions.

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