A Wisconsin dentist has been accused of lying to patients by purposefully damaging their teeth and then charging them for the procedure.
A Wisconsin dentist has been accused of lying to patients, purposefully damaging their teeth and then charging them for the treatment. According to the federal indictment, Dr. Scott Charmoli, the former owner and operator of a family dental clinic, deceived people by forcing them to place crowns on cracked teeth that were actually healthy.
Charmoli committed health care fraud between January 2016 and September 2019. The indictment stated that Czarmoli took pictures of a tooth and showed patients a line or spot that he claimed was broken. Patients believed Charmoly because “he was the expert.”
During the procedure, Charmoly used a drill to intentionally break part of the patient’s tooth. He would then take another X-ray to show the broken tooth and then perform a crown fitting before turning in all the insurance information. Over a 20-month period, Charmoli performed 1,600 of these procedures at a cost of more than $2 million.
If convicted, the dentist could face up to 20 years in prison.