Malpractice News



February 3, 2012


Dentist Used Paper Clips in Root Canals

Former dentist, Dr. Michael Clair has plead guilty to numerous charges, including defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, illegally prescribing medications, assault and battery, and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors said that sometimes during root canals, Clair would use sections of paper clips instead of stainless steel posts, and then bill Medicaid for the cost of the steel posts. Other allegations against Clair include that because he was suspended from the Medicaid program in 2002, he filed claims up to June 2005 by using the names of other doctors in the practice.
 
One mother said that her son’s tooth turned black and had to be removed after Clair performed a root canal on him.
 
Though prosecutors requested Clair be sentenced to five to seven years, Judge Richard Moses instead sentenced the dentist to two-and-a-half years, and then suspended all but one year. Clair will also serve five years of probation. Judge Moses said he took into consideration Clair’s “mental health issues,” as well as his lack of a criminal record, and that he accepted responsibility for his crimes.
 
In addition to his sentence, he was ordered to stay away from his victims and former staff because they “expressed concern for their safety.”

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